A Killing in the Hills: A Novel

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Aug 21, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages

In A Killing in the Hills, a powerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it's too late.

What's happening in Acker's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job.

After all, what better way to repair their fragile, damaged relationship? But could Carla also end up doing more harm than good—in fact, putting her own life in danger?

 

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User Review  - hobbitprincess - LibraryThing

I chose to read this book since it takes place in West Virginia, and the author is a Pultizer Prize winning author in journalism. I wasn't disappointed. I like the main character, Bell Elkins, and I'm ... Read full review

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Reading "A Killing in the Hills" is my first introduction to the writing of Julia Keller. It is also the first time that I ever recall the setting of a novel being in West Virginia. At the time this ... Read full review

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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.

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