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Julia Keller

Author of A Killing in the Hills

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About the Author

Julia Keller was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Ohio State and Princeton universities.

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Works by Julia Keller

A Killing in the Hills (2012) 474 copies, 33 reviews
Bitter River (2013) 264 copies, 25 reviews
Summer of the Dead (2014) 180 copies, 9 reviews
Last Ragged Breath (1800) 138 copies, 8 reviews
Sorrow Road (2016) 106 copies, 3 reviews
Fast Falls the Night (2017) 89 copies, 9 reviews
Back Home (2009) 82 copies, 5 reviews
Bone on Bone (2018) 75 copies, 5 reviews
The Cold Way Home (2019) 74 copies, 5 reviews
The Dark Intercept (2017) 57 copies, 1 review
A Haunting of the Bones (2014) 21 copies
Dark Mind Rising (2018) 17 copies
The Devil's Stepdaughter (2014) 14 copies

Associated Works

Shadow Show (2012) — Contributor — 370 copies, 31 reviews
Columbus Noir (2020) — Contributor — 28 copies, 11 reviews
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2010 (2010) — Author "Arms and Men: Mr Gatling's Game-Changing Gun" — 3 copies


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Bell Elkins has moved back to Raythune County, West Virginia, to become the prosecuting attorney. She moved there with her teenaged daughter but not her husband. He never wanted to return to West Virginia and is happy with his life in Washington, DC.

Bell had a troubled childhood and was placed in the foster care system when she was ten and her older sister killed their abusive father and burned down the run-down trailer that was their home. Her sister, who is up for parole, refuses all contact with Bell.

Meanwhile, Bell is on a crusade because prescription bill abuse is running rampant in the county. She is also working on the case of a mentally retarded man killing his six-year-old playmate and also on a murder investigation when an unknown gunman entered a local diner and murdered three elderly men who were having coffee there.

Bell's daughter Carla was at the diner when the shooting occurred and thinks she recognizes the shooter. However, instead of telling her mother, she decides to investigate on her own which leads to her being kidnapped by the shooter.

The third viewpoint character is that of the shooter who sees himself as a badass superspy, but is actually just an impulsive, amoral punk.

This was an interesting story well narrated by Shannon McManus. I thought there might have been a little too much repetition about the chronic poverty, joblessness, and hopelessness in West Virginia but enjoyed the mystery.
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kmartin802 | 32 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
This was (overall) a very good mystery novel, but I'm on the fence as to whether or not I want to continue with the series. The poverty and ruined lives portrayed as part of the West Virginia life was more than a bit depressing. I think I'll try one more Bell Elkins novel before I decide.
AliceAnna | 32 other reviews | Sep 18, 2023 |
One of my favorite series. The writing evokes the often bleak events in Ackers Gap.
cathy.lemann | 4 other reviews | Mar 21, 2023 |
The theme of opiates destroying Acker’s Gap continues. Ties up some things and opens new paths for Bell.
cathy.lemann | 4 other reviews | Mar 21, 2023 |



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