The author returns to familiar territory in this taut race-against-time to find a missing child with Asperger's Syndrome before the bad guys do. Set in the crime-infested region of McFalls County in northern Georgia, this noirish thriller is replete with a particularly grisly murder, pitiless hitmen, cockfighting, and a large sum of elusive money. A former fire chief, tortured with memories of the past, and an FBI agent who has a chip on her shoulder roughly the size of a barn door wind their way through a trail of dead bodies trying to find the boy. Unpretentious, compulsively readable, and ideal escapist entertainment at this particular moment in time. — Alden Graves
Return to McFalls County and Bull Mountain in Hard Cash Valley, where Brian Panowich weaves another masterful tale of Southern Noir.
Dane Kirby is a broken man and no stranger to tragedy. As a life-long resident and ex-arson investigator for McFalls County, Dane has lived his life in one of the most chaotic and crime-ridden regions of the south. When he gets called in to consult on a brutal murder in a Jacksonville, Florida, motel room, he and his FBI counterpart, Special Agent Roselita Velasquez, begin an investigation that leads them back to the criminal circles of his own backyard.
Arnie Blackwell’s murder in Jacksonville is only the beginning – and Dane and Roselita seem to be one step behind. For someone is hacking a bloody trail throughout the Southeast looking for Arnie’s younger brother, a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who possesses an unusual skill with numbers that could make a lot of money and that has already gotten a lot of people killed—and has even more of the deadliest people alive willing to do anything it takes to exploit him.
As Dane joins in the hunt to find the boy, it swiftly becomes a race against the clock that has Dane entangled in a web of secrets involving everyone from the Filipino Mafia to distrusting federal agents to some of hardest southern outlaws he’s ever known.