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Brian Panowich

Brian is the author of Bull Mountain, a southern crime saga coming Fall 2015 from Putnam Books. He has several stories available in print and online collections. Two of his stories, "If I Ever Get Off This Mountain" and "Coming Down The Mountain", were nominated for a Spinetingler award in 2013. He is currently a firefighter in East Georgia, living with his wife and four children. Bull Mountain is his first novel.

Genres: Mystery
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2016) : Bull Mountain
Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2016) : Bull Mountain

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