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the line that held us

Available now in hardcover.


From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again. When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he’s chased for years, he never expected he’d accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he’s killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper.

But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world.The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.

© Putnam, 2018
Release Date: August 14, 2018
"Joy has proved adept with southern noir in his first two novels, and he nails it again here, in the actions of characters who act as they must, for the sake of family and friendship…This is fiction as beautiful and compelling as it is searing."
"Somehow David Joy manages to combine man's most savage deeds with such poetic and graceful language that I couldn't turn away from these characters... Beautifully gritty,The Line That Held Us won't leave your mind, or your hands, easily."
Chevy Stevens, New York Times-bestselling author of Never Let You Go
"The Line That Held Us plumbs the depths of friendship and family, uncovering truths that are stamped on the page with blistering realism."
Wiley Cash, New York Times-bestselling author of The Last Ballad

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