Review of “Bull Mountain” by Brian Panowich


Thanks to PGI Putnam books, via Shelf Awareness and Netgalley, for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Burroughs family have been outlaws on their Georgia mountain for many years. They have adapted their enterprise  to suit the times – from making moonshine and growing marijuana to running a meth factory. They are hardcore criminals who will stop at nothing to protect their way of life. Only one of the Burroughs boys has been able to turn his back on the life of crime they were born into. Clayton Burroughs has become a local sheriff. Though he’s had something of a drinking problem, he’s now a responsible husband and lawman. When he’s visited by an ATF agent who warns of an impending large-scale intervention by several local and federal law enforcement agencies, Clayton reluctantly agrees to try to convince his estranged, ring-leader brother to change his ways.

My thoughts:

I really liked the plot of this book and all of the connections and back story that were so carefully woven into it. There were times when I found the chronology somewhat difficult to follow as time periods changed from chapter to chapter but that could certainly be just me… At first I was a little taken aback by the level of violence in the book. Though not as extreme as it could have been, when I first started reading I had a picture of the “hillbillies” as some long-bearded, banjo strumming, good ‘ole boys. I quickly discovered they were not! I’m sure the way they were portrayed in the book is much more realistic considering their chosen vocation!

Overall, this book was a great debut novel and I look forward to reading this author’s future works.

My rating:

4 stars