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In the meth-dealing McNeely family, killing a man is a rite of passage, but when eighteen-year-old Jacob McNeely botches a murder, he is torn between appeasing his kingpin father and leaving the mountains with the girl he loves. Having dropped out of high school, subsequently cutting himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town. The world that Jacob inhabits is bleak and unrelenting in its violence and disregard for human life, and having known nothing more, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above it.
David Joy lives in a remote part of North Carolina and has great knowledge of the area and its people, the real-life inspirations for what he’s coined an “Appalachian noir.” David was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and moved to Cullowhee in 2003 to study literature at Western Carolina University mentoring under Ron Rash, Deidre Elliott, and Pamela Duncan. He is the author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey, which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. His stories and creative non-fiction have appeared in Drafthorse Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Bird Watcher's Digest, Pisgah Review, and Flycatcher.
The Stolen Ones begins with the heartbreaking story of Irina and Catalina Milosovici, two sisters taken from Romania and brought to the United States to be sold. A lucky break allows Irina to escape her imprisonment, but Catalina is not so lucky. Worse still, Irina’s breakout inadvertently allows her kidnappers to murder a police officer, setting in motion a chain of events that will cause even more blood to be spilled…and put Catalina in the gravest danger of all.
Owen Laukkanen graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing program and then spent three years reporting on the world of professional poker before turning to fiction. Laukkanen’s first novel, The Professionals, was nominated for multiple honors, including the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel: New Voices Award, and the International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Award for best first novel. He lives in Vancouver. His novel, Criminal Enterprise, was nominated for the ITW Thriller Award for best novel.
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