Smart bets: David Joy

David Joy (C) Alan Rhew

For those who believe that the average man doesn’t read, North Carolina-based author David Joy might have the remedy. His new novel, Where All Light Tends to Go, has garnered comparisons to “Breaking Bad,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified.” That’s some edgy TV watching. Booklist called it “an uncompromising noir, its downward thrust pulling like quicksand on both the characters and the reader.” Where All Light Tends to Go, set around Cashiers, is the story of Jacob McNeely, who comes from a meth-dealing family and is “torn between appeasing his kingpin father and leaving the mountains with the girl he loves.” Joy studied literature at Western Carolina University and was a student of Ron Rash. He reads at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville on Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. blueridgebooksnc.com. Photo by Alan Rhew

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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