Brian Panowich’s ‘Hard Cash Valley’ Set for May 2020 Release

On May 5th, 2020, Hard Cash Valley, the latest novel from award-winning author Brian Panowich, will finally hit bookstores.

Panowich, who received another round of rave reviews for his sophomore novel, Like Lions, earlier this year, is so far pitching a perfect game in his literary career. Reading like a cross between J. Todd Scott and David Joy, few writers are churning out as well-written, hard-boiled crime thrillers as Panowich, who’s taking readers back to McFalls County where former arson investigator Dane Kirby is called in by the FBI to consult on a brutal murder in Florida—a case that quickly spirals out of control and turns into a manhunt for an autistic boy who’s being targeted by a number of criminals. 

Check out the official plot details and cover art below.


Hard Cash Valley.jpgReturn to McFalls County and Bull Mountain in Hard Cash Valley, where Brian Panowich weaves another masterful tale of Southern Noir.

Dane Kirby is a broken man and no stranger to tragedy. As a life-long resident and ex-arson investigator for McFalls County, Dane has lived his life in one of the most chaotic and crime-ridden regions of the south. When he gets called in to consult on a brutal murder in a Jacksonville, Florida, motel room, he and his FBI counterpart, Special Agent Roselita Velasquez, begin an investigation that leads them back to the criminal circles of his own backyard.

Arnie Blackwell’s murder in Jacksonville is only the beginning – and Dane and Roselita seem to be one step behind. For someone is hacking a bloody trail throughout the Southeast looking for Arnie’s younger brother, a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who possesses an unusual skill with numbers that could make a lot of money and that has already gotten a lot of people killed―and has even more of the deadliest people alive willing to do anything it takes to exploit him.

As Dane joins in the hunt to find the boy, it swiftly becomes a race against the clock that has Dane entangled in a web of secrets involving everyone from the Filipino Mafia to distrusting federal agents to some of hardest southern outlaws he’s ever known.



Brian Panowich is an award-winning author, a Georgia firefighter, and a father to four incredible children. His first novel, Bull Mountain, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, ITW Thriller Award winner for Best First Novel, Southern Book Prize winner, and a finalist for both the Anthony and the Barry Awards. He lives in Georgia with his family.

Fans looking to pre-order Hard Cash Valley can now do so wherever books are sold. 


Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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