Actes Sud - France
Suhrkamp - Germany
Head of Zeus - U.K.
Shanghai Translation Publishing - China
NN Editore - Italy
On writing the novel
BULL MOUNTAIN was born of my fascination with the people of my home state of Georgia, particularly the North Georgia Mountains. The story centers on a small town sheriff trying to distance himself from his family’s criminal empire. In the forties and fifties, Clayton Burroughs’ family ran moonshine over six state lines. In the sixties and seventies, they farmed the largest above-ground marijuana crop on the East Coast. By 2013, Clayton’s home of Bull Mountain, Georgia, had become one of the largest suppliers of methamphetamine in the tri-state area.
When a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shows up in Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down Bull Mountain, his agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction. At its heart, BULL MOUNTAIN is a story about family, and the lengths a man will go to protect it, honor it, or, in some cases, destroy it.
Readers may also be interested to know that I’m currently at work on my next novel, a rural thriller also set in the lawless backwoods of North Georgia.