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The Code of the Hills by Nancy Allen

The Code of the Hills (2014)

by Nancy Allen

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In the Missouri Ozarks, some things aren't talked about . . . even abuse. But prosecutor Elsie Arnold is determined to change that. When she is assigned to prosecute a high profile incest case in which a father is accused of abusing his three young daughters, Elsie is ready to become the Ozarks' avenging angel. But as Elsie sinks her teeth into the case, everything begins to turn sour. The star witness goes missing; the girls refuse to talk about their father, who terrorizes the courtroom from the moment he enters; and Elsie begins to suspect that their tough-as-nails mother has ulterior motives. To make matters worse, Elsie receives gruesome threats from local extremists, warning her to mind her own business. While Elsie swears not to let a sex offender walk, she realizes the odds-and maybe the town-are against her and her life begins to crumble. But amidst all of the conflict, the safety of three young girls hangs in the balance . . .… (more)



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In her debut novel, The Code Of The Hills, author Nancy Allen draws upon her professional legal experience to weave a riveting legal thriller that captivates the reader's attention from the very beginning. Set in the small town of Barton, Missouri, in the heart of the Ozarks, the reader follows Prosecutor Elsie Arnold as she aggressively pursues and brings to trial a high-profile incest case against a man who allegedly sexually abuses his three young daughters.

The author easily draws the reader into the small town of Barton with its close-knit townspeople and its many dark secrets. As Elsie prepares to bring the case of the State of Missouri v. Kris Taney to trial, her investigation in the Taney family reveals a sinister code of silence, that puts her in danger for her own safety.

The Code Of The Hills is a fast-paced, multi-layered, gripping, and complex story that has a great mixture of intrigue, romance, violence, and enough suspenseful twists and turns, and richly descriptive courtroom drama that will leave the reader breathless. The reader is taken on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride as they follow Elsie on her difficult journey, she is determined to uncover the secrets and lies within the Taney family in a convincing and brutally honest style where no one is left unscathed.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-code-of-hills-by-nancy-all... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | May 12, 2014 |
Elsie is an Ozarks prosecutor who longs to seek justice for the victims. Now the Taney child abuse case has been dumped on her by her boss. As more and more evidence unfolds, what will be revealed?

A complex and winding mystery guides the plot narrative with hints of romance, action, violence, and intrigue.

Characters are varied, typically caring, authentic, and develop as the story progresses.

Overall, a thrilling read. ( )
  catya77 | Apr 18, 2014 |
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Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to unsurp authority
over the man, but to be in silence.
1 Timothy 2:11-12
To the center of my universe:
Randy, Ben, and Martha
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