Brian Panowich’s Follow-up to ‘Bull Mountain’ Due Out in April 2019

In what’s fast becoming one of the most anticipated books of 2019, Brian Panowich will publish his next novel, Like Lions, the follow-up to his masterful debut thriller, Bull Mountain (2015), next April. 

Praised as “a satisfying and smartly constructed book whose time-shifting sequences build suspense even as they parcel out telling revelations” by The Wall Street Journal, Bull Mountain introduced readers to Clayton Burroughs, a Georgia native who comes from a long line of outlaws. Now, after a stunning final act that left readers begging for more, Clayton’s story will continue on April 30, 2019, when Like Lions hits bookstores. Check out the plot details below! 


Brian PanowichThe powerful follow up to acclaimed debut Bull Mountain.

Brian Panowich’s acclaimed debut novel Bull Mountain burst onto the crime fiction scene in 2015, winning awards and accolades from readers and critics alike. Now with Like Lions, he cements his place as one of the outstanding new voices in crime fiction.

Clayton Burroughs is a small-town Georgia sheriff, a new father, and, improbably, the heir apparent of Bull Mountain’s most notorious criminal family.

As he tries to juggle fatherhood, his job and his recovery from being shot in the confrontation that killed his two brothers last year, he’s doing all he can just to survive. Yet after years of carefully toeing the line between his life in law enforcement and his family, he finally has to make a choice.

With the death of a boy from a rival group, Clayton is pulled back into the life he so desperately wants to leave behind. Revenge is a powerful force, and the vacuum left by his brothers’ deaths has left them all vulnerable. With his wife and child in danger, and the way of life in Bull Mountain under siege for everyone, Clayton will need to find a way to bury the bloody legacy of his past once and for all.



According to his Amazon bio, Brian Panowich is an award-winning author, a Georgia firefighter, and a father to four incredible children. His first novel, Bull Mountain (Putnam Books) topped the best thriller list of 2015 on Apple iBooks, placed in the top twenty best books of 2015 on Amazon, and went on to win the International Thriller Writers Award (2016) for Best First Novel, as well as the Pat Conroy Award (formerly the SIBA Award) (2016) for Best Mystery.

Bull Mountain was also nominated for the Barry Award, the Anthony Award, the Georgia Townsend Book Prize, and was a finalist for the 2016 LA Times Book Prize. The novel was also recently selected for the coveted “Books all Georgians should read” list by the Georgia Center of the Book, and has been the recipient of several foreign press awards. Brian also placed second for the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Best Debut Category. 

Fans excited to get their hands on Like Lions can now pre-order it wherever books are sold. In the meantime, make sure you’re following Brian Panowich on Twitter and Facebook for more updates. 



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.


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