David Joy Looking At The Life Of Appalachia Through A Noir Lens By Amanda Magnus & Frank Stasio • Aug 10, 2018 Courtesy of David Joy / Putnam Who are you willing to die for? That question is at the center of a new Appalachian noir novel set in western North Carolina, where author David Joy has lived his entire life. David Joy's 'Where All Light Tends To Go' By Laura Lee & Phoebe Judge • Mar 11, 2015 David-Joy.com Listen Listening... / 18:43 A conversation with author David Joy Jacob McNeely grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. A life of crime as an employee of his father's meth ring is the only one he has ever known. But a violent event and a reunion with his first love offer McNeely the possibility of escape.