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A Killing in the Hills: A Novel (Bell Elkins Novels Book 1) by [Julia Keller]
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A Killing in the Hills: A Novel (Bell Elkins Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition

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A Killing in the Hills superbly evokes the hard times and wooded beauty of a poverty-stricken county in West Virginia. . .A finely written and engrossing debut.” ―Houston Chronicle

A Killing In The Hills is a gripping, beautifully-crafted murder mystery that shows that small-town West Virginia is no longer Mayberry. Great reading.” ―SCOTT TUROW

“Julia Keller is that rare talent who combines gripping suspense, a fabulous sense of place and nuanced characters you can't wait to come back to. A must read.” ―KARIN SLAUGHTER

A Killing in the Hills is a remarkably written and remarkably tense debut. I loved it.” ―DENNIS LEHANE

“Julia Keller's A Killing in the Hills is a terrific debut--atmospheric, suspenseful, assured. I hope there's more to come in the story of Bell Elkins and Acker's Gap.” ―LAURA LIPPMAN

“Be careful opening this book because once you do you won't be able to close it. Instead, clear the weekend, silence the phone and settle into Acker's Gap, a place as fascinating and fraught with violence and beauty as Daniel Woodrell's Ozarks or William Gay's Tennessee. A killer novel.” ―TOM FRANKLIN

“Outstanding. . .Keller does a superb job showing both the natural beauty of Appalachia and the hopeless anger of the people trapped there in poverty. . .Unforgettable.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review, Pick of the Week)

“A page-turner with substance and depth, this is as suspenseful and entertaining as it is accomplished.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“A fictional debut for a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, born and raised in West Virginia, whose love for the state, filled with natural beauty and deep poverty, pervades a mystery that has plenty of twists and turns and a shocking conclusion.” ―Kirkus (starred review)

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About the Author

Julia Keller was born and raised in West Virginia and now lives in Chicago and Ohio. In her career as a journalist, she won the Pulitzer Prize for a three-part series she wrote for the Chicago Tribune about a small town in Illinois rocked by a deadly tornado. A Killing in the Hills is her first mystery. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B007XSNFBS
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books (August 21, 2012)
  • Publication date : August 21, 2012
  • Language : English
  • File size : 4187 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 386 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 375 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars Just finished the book and quite enjoyed it. Small town West Virginia and the crimes ...
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