This is the third and final book in the Firedamp Trilogy of three novels published over the last three years. The protagonist is 1930s Bell County, Kentucky, Deputy Sheriff, Sam Garrett. He continues to have trouble with his brother, “Tick,” but his greatest crisis occurs when the FBI asks him to report back on the conflict between coal miners and coal companies in neighboring Harlan County. The author, J. Kyle Johnson, was born in Bell County, but raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is retired from a thirty-year careen in science and technology.
Knoxville: Tennessee: Ex-Pats Ink, 2021. 170 pages. Trade paperback.