Fictional Pickerin Hollow is in Bell County, Kentucky, where the author was born before being raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This novel is the second in the Firedamp Trilogy set in 1930s Eastern Kentucky with Deputy Sheriff Sam Garrett serving as the protagonist for all three. In this novel Garrett becomes the enemy of a local moonshiner who resents the fact that Garrett has ordered his children removed from their home for alleged abuse. The author, J. Kyle Johnson, is now retired from a thirty-year career in science and technology.
Knoxville, Tennessee: Ex-Pats Ink, 2020. 171 pages. Trade paperback.