This was a good read. No surprises, but solid storytelling. The main character, Cole (whose name is a little too on the nose for most readers), is a likeable underdog who is doing well for himself with small-time illegal drug trading in a fast-decaying rural town. He is too smart to ignore the twin lurking disasters in his life: the environmental and social damage caused by the growing coal business, and his inevitable arrest as the local police start a crack-down on drug dealers.
The book is melancholy but hopeful, which should really be its own genre because I seem to eat it up with a spoon. Recommended.