Julia Keller - Author

About the Author

Julia Keller was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. The chief book critic for the Chicago Tribune, she has taught both creative and non-fiction writing at Princeton, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, and won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2005.

Featured books by Julia Keller

Summer of the Dead

Summer of the Dead

Author: Julia Keller Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Summer of the Dead

Summer of the Dead

Author: Julia Keller Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

The first death came unexpectedly. An old man attacked outside his home, his murder a shock to the town. Then the second death came and with it fear. For Raythune County's prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins, the inexplicable killings in Acker's Gap are all she can think about. Everything - the oppressive summer heat, her absent daughter, her troublesome sister - fades into the background as she tries to work out who is responsible. As tensions escalate, and suspects begin to emerge, Bell will have to face demons from her own past as she comes head-to-head with a killer bent on destroying all those who stand in their way...

Bitter River

Bitter River

Author: Julia Keller Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Bell Elkins returns in the devastating follow-up to Pulitzer prize winner Julia Keller's highly acclaimed A KILLING IN THE HILLS. Acker's Gap, West Virginia: a high-school student - sixteen, full of promise, and pregnant - is found murdered in a car at the bottom of the Bitter River. Her death devastates the community, but one among them must be responsible. Bell Elkins, Raythune County's prosecuting attorney, is determined to bring the killer to justice. But someone else has their own agenda. Amid the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains, another act of violence is about to strike. As Bell and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong work to uncover the truth, one thing is certain: no one can truly understand Acker's Gap until they are in the thick of it. Bell returned to her hometown to make a difference. But just how much is she willing to risk?

Other books by Julia Keller

Tablet of Scaptur

Tablet of Scaptur

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2017

In the 23rd century, there is a radiant world of endless summer where peace is maintained through emotional surveillance performed by a peculiar device called the Intercept. When Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth's Founding Father, is smuggled an artifact covered mysterious markings, it's up to her and her friends to decipher the message. Julia Keller's "e;The Tablet of Scaptur"e; is a standalone story set before the events of The Dark Intercept (available now from Tor Teen).At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Fast Falls the Night

Fast Falls the Night

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2017

In the powerful mystery from Julia Keller, a murder investigation leads West Virginia prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins to the shattering truth about her own past.Based on a real-life event, Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Kellers Bell Elkins novel Fast Falls the Night takes place in a single 24-hour period, unfurling against the backdrop of a shattering personal revelation that will change Bells life forever.The first drug overdose comes just after midnight, when a young woman dies on the dirty floor of a gas station bathroom. To the people of the small town of Ackers Gap, West Virginia, it is just another tragedy. It is sadbut these days, depressingly familiar.But then there is another overdose. And another. And another.Prosecutor Bell Elkins soon realizes that her Appalachian hometown is facing its starkest challenge yet: a day of constant heroin overdoses from a batch tainted with a lethal tranquilizer. While the clock ticks and the bodies fall, Bell and her colleagues desperately track the source of the deadly drugand engage in fierce debates over the wisdom of expending precious resources to save the lives of self-destructive addicts.

Attract Authentic Love How to bring true love into your life in 3 proven steps

Attract Authentic Love How to bring true love into your life in 3 proven steps

Author: Julia Keller Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/04/2017

Are you struggling to find that ideal partner who values you just as you are? Are you frustrated with love because no matter what you do, the love that you badly long for seems out of reach? In Attract Authentic Love Love Coach Julia Keller takes you through three proven steps that have worked wonders for her clients. Julia talks about how she empowered her clients to use these tools, bringing true love into their lives. Through personal stories, client anecdotes, and step by step exercises in every chapter, Julia shows the way for any woman who is looking for true love with someone who adores her. In these pages you'll discover: * How to love yourself better * How being your amazing unique self will attract love * How having standards encourages men to treat you better * How becoming the best version of you will make a big impact on meeting men you actually want * And more hidden secrets for bringing true love into your life You too can Attract Authentic Love if you know these proven tools! If you are single and want to be in a happy, fulfilling relationship, but aren't sure how to get there, this book is for you.

Sorrow Road

Sorrow Road

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2016

In 1944, three young men from a small town in West Virginia are among the American forces participating in D-Day, changing the fortunes of the war with one bold stroke. How is that moment aboard a Navy ship as it barrels toward the Normandy shore related to the death of an old man in an Appalachian nursing home seventy-two years later?In Sorrow Road, a mystery from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Julia Keller, two storiesone set in the turbulent era of World War II and one in the present dayare woven together to create a piercingly poignant tale of memory and family, of love and murder.Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney in Ackers Gap, West Virginia, is asked by an old acquaintance to look into the death of her beloved father in an Alzheimers care facility. Did he die of natural causesor was something more sinister to blame? And thats not the only issue with which Bell is grappling: Her daughter Carla has moved back home. But somethings not right. Carla is desperately hiding a secret.Once again, past and present, good and evil, and revenge and forgiveness clash in a riveting story set in the shattered landscape of Ackers Gap, where the skies can seem dark even at high noon, and the mountains lean close to hear the whispered lament of the people trapped in their shadow.

Last Ragged Breath (Bell Elkins, Book 4) A thrilling murder mystery

Last Ragged Breath (Bell Elkins, Book 4) A thrilling murder mystery

Author: Julia Keller Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Karin Slaughter has called Julia Keller 'a rare talent' and Dennis Lehane has praised her 'remarkable writing'. Now Bell Elkins returns. His body was found mutilated on the outskirts of the town he was there to help. Who killed him and why? A high-end resort being built on the outskirts of Acker's Gap, West Virginia, a town desperate for jobs and prosperity, should have been welcome. But following the Buffalo Creek disaster of 1972, where a coal company's mistake tragically claimed the lives of many Raythune County's citizens, opinions and tensions are running high. When Ed Hackel, Mountain Magic's marketing manager, is found brutally murdered, suspicion quickly falls on Royce Dillard. An acknowledged loner orphaned by the disaster, Dillard had made his opposition clear by refusing to sell a parcel of his land deemed critical by the developers for access to the resort. With all evidence pointing to Dillard, Bell Elkins, the County's prosecuting attorney, feels she has no choice but to charge him. When a person dies his last ragged breath always tells the truth -- but is the truth always what it seems to be?

Evening Street

Evening Street

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2015

By day, she's a tough-minded prosecutor in Raythune County, West Virginia, a region scarred by poverty and prescription drug abuse. By night, Bell Elkins takes on a softer role. She volunteers at an auxiliary intensive care unit where nurses deal with the youngest and most vulnerable victims of drug abuse: the children born to mothers addicted to painkillers.The place is known as Evening Street, and it is here Bell comes whenever she can spare the time. She rocks ailing infants to sleep, and she provides what medical science-for all of its marvels-cannot: A simple human touch.One terrifying night, the distraught father of an Evening Street baby breaks into the facility. Gun in hand, he holds the staff hostage and demands a reckoning for a family grudge--with helpless infants only inches away. And so begins a standoff at Evening Street. Bell Elkins is swept up into the crisis, as the drama escalates toward a lethal flashpoint. At the center of it all is a baby, only hours old, but already ancient in his knowledge of pain.

Evening Street (A Bell Elkins Novella)

Evening Street (A Bell Elkins Novella)

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2015

Can Bell protect the innocent?Lead prosecutor Bell Elkins returns in Evening Street, a gripping thriller from Pulitzer-Prize winning author Julia Keller. Perfect for fans of Dennis Lehane and Linwood Barclay. 'A beautiful writer' - Michael Connelly Attorney Bell Elkins' days are taken up by the high-profile cases that she prosecutes in Raythune County, West Virginia, a region scarred by poverty and prescription drug abuse. But her nights are very different.Volunteering at an auxiliary intensive care unit where nurses deal with the youngest and most vulnerable victims of drug abuse - children born to mothers addicted to painkillers - is not for the faint-hearted but Bell feels a desperate need to help. Rocking ailing infants to sleep at the Evening Street care facility, she provides what medical science - for all of its marvels - cannot: a simple human touch.One terrifying night, though, a distraught father breaks in and holds the staff and Bell hostage, demanding a reckoning for a family grudge. The drama quickly escalates toward a lethal flashpoint. At the centre of it all is a baby, only hours old. Can Bell ensure that he, indeed that all of the babies, survive the night?What readers are saying about the Bell Elkins novels:'Keller's style of writing is poetic and dramatic. It is incredibly unusual. She seamlessly weaves the story-lines together''Keller astounds me with her characterization, beautiful descriptions and absorbing plots''Interesting plots and wonderful, rich character development. Bell Elkins is an unforgettable character'

Ghost Roll

Ghost Roll

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 09/06/2015

Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney and small-town heroine of Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller's A Killing in the Hills, Bitter River and Summer of the Dead, faces one of her most challenging days in this exclusive digital short story. Featuring an exclusive extract from her new full-length novel Last Ragged Breath.For Bell Elkins no day is ever the same.But on this day, for the third day running, Bell has woken up from the same dream. A dream about a boy needing her help, reaching out to her. Bell, always unable to help.Already unsettled, she becomes embroiled, in her role as prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, in an investigation into a couple running a local day-care centre, and Bell suspects that her day is only going to get worse. A suspicion that is compounded when she's forced to confront a friend's treachery and a ghost from her past.No day is ever the same, but will Bell be forever changed by this one?

Ghost Roll (A Bell Elkins Novella)

Ghost Roll (A Bell Elkins Novella)

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 09/06/2015

It starts as another day. But sometimes one day changes everything...Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney and small-town heroine from Pulitzer Prize winner author Julia Keller, faces one of her most challenging days in this exclusive digital short story. Perfect for fans of Dennis Lehane and Henning MankellFor Bell Elkins no day is ever the same.But on this day, for the third day running, Bell has woken up from the same dream. A dream about a boy needing her help, reaching out to her. Bell, always unable to help.Already unsettled she becomes embroiled, in her role as prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, in an investigation into a couple running a local day-care centre, and Bell suspects that her day is only going to get worse. A suspicion that is compounded when she's forced to confront a friend's treachery and a ghost from her past.No day is ever the same, but will Bell be forever changed by this one?What readers are saying about Julia Keller:'Real life flows from the pages of Julia Keller''A novel that wraps you in its spell''Five stars'

Summer of the Dead

Summer of the Dead

Author: Julia Keller Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Haunting of the Bones (A Bell Elkins Novella)

Haunting of the Bones (A Bell Elkins Novella)

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2014

What do you do when the past comes knocking?Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney and small-town heroine from Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller, takes on her most personal case yet in exclusive digital novella A Haunting of the Bones. Perfect for fans of Linwood Barclay and Henning Mankell.Teresa Dolan's disappearance was never reported to the police. Because no one but her young daughters thought it was suspicious. And her abusive husband Donnie certainly didn't want the police hanging around.Bell Elkins and her sister Shirley grew up thinking their father had murdered their mother. But, with no body, no police involvement and no proof, justice was never served.Forty years later Bell's life has settled into a distorted rhythm. Then she receives a phone call that shatters her world.Human remains have been found in the scrubland just outside town. And they belong to her mother.What readers are saying about Julia Keller:'Julia Keller makes her characters come alive on the page''Outstanding''Five stars'

Haunting of the Bones

Haunting of the Bones

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2014

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller comes A HAUNTING OF THE BONES, another suspsenseful and provocative story that will keep readers up all night...Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney for Raythune C1ounty, West Virginia, had always believed what she'd been told: Her mother abandoned the family when Bell and her sister, Shirley, were children. Later, Teresa Dolan died somewhere out West.And then comes a shattering discovery.During an excavation in a remote area of the county, a skeleton is found. DNA testing proves it is related to DNA already on file: that of a convicted felon named Shirley Dolan. Along with the age and approximate time of death, the DNA link leads to a chilling conclusion: These are the remains of Bell's mother, Teresa Dolan. She didn't run away. She was here all along. And further examination reveals that she was a homicide victim.Bell automatically pins the blame on her late father, Donnie Dolan. But evidence emerges that it could not have been him. And so Bell must solve the most agonizingly personal case of her career: Who murdered her mother?

Devil's Stepdaughter

Devil's Stepdaughter

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2014

The Devil's Stepdaughter, a story from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller, takes us back into beloved prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins's past. The year Bell turns eleven, she's living with a foster family in the beautiful but poverty-stricken mountains of West Virginia, and Keller draws a heartbreaking portrait of the time in Bell's life that shaped her into a woman who believes in fierce justice and fighting back.

Devil's Stepdaughter (A Bell Elkins Novella)

Devil's Stepdaughter (A Bell Elkins Novella)

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2014

She is trying to escape her life, but evil lurks in her new home...Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney and small-town heroine from Pulitzer-Prize winning author Julia Keller, returns as a young girl in exclusive digital short The Devil's Stepdaughter. Perfect for fans of Dennis Lehane and Linwood Barclay.Orphaned at eleven years old, Bell Elkins is immediately put into the foster-care system in Raythune County and shipped to Herb and Lois McCluskey's dusty trailer in a forgotten corner of town.Bell gets on fine with the members of her foster family. With one exception. Crystal is different. And she soon sets her sights on ruining what is left of young Bell's life.When the body of an old woman is found near the place she now calls home, Bell suspects Crystal knows more than she is letting on. But what she doesn't know is how far Crystal will go to keep Bell out of her family...What readers are saying about Julia Keller:'Utterly compelling''Julia Keller is one of this decade's best authors''Five stars'

Bitter River

Bitter River

Author: Julia Keller Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Bell Elkins returns in the devastating follow-up to Pulitzer prize winner Julia Keller's highly acclaimed A KILLING IN THE HILLS. Acker's Gap, West Virginia: a high-school student - sixteen, full of promise, and pregnant - is found murdered in a car at the bottom of the Bitter River. Her death devastates the community, but one among them must be responsible. Bell Elkins, Raythune County's prosecuting attorney, is determined to bring the killer to justice. But someone else has their own agenda. Amid the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains, another act of violence is about to strike. As Bell and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong work to uncover the truth, one thing is certain: no one can truly understand Acker's Gap until they are in the thick of it. Bell returned to her hometown to make a difference. But just how much is she willing to risk?

Bitter River

Bitter River

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2013

Julia Keller is that rare talent who combines gripping suspense, a fabulous sense of place, and nuanced characters you cant wait to come back to. Karin SlaughterPhone calls before dawn are never good news. And when youre the countys prosecuting attorney, calls from the sheriff are rarely good news, either. So when Bell Elkins picks up the phone, she already knows she wont like what shes about to hear, but shes still not prepared for this: sixteen-year-old Lucinda Trimbles body has been found at the bottom of Bitter River. And Lucinda didnt drownshe was dead before her body ever hit the water.With a case like that, Bell knows the coming weeks are going to be tough. But thats not all Bell is coping with these days. Her daughter is now living with Bells ex-husband, hours away. Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, one of Bells closest friends, is behaving oddly. Furthermore, a face from her past has resurfaced for reasons Bell cant quite figure. Searching for the truth, both behind Lucindas murder and behind her own complicated relationships, will lead Bell down a path that might put her very life at risk.In Bitter River, Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller once again weaves a compelling, haunting mystery set against the stark beauty and extreme poverty of a small West Virginia mountain town.

A Killing in the Hills (Bell Elkins, Book 1) A thrilling mystery of murder and deceit

A Killing in the Hills (Bell Elkins, Book 1) A thrilling mystery of murder and deceit

Author: Julia Keller Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Pulitzer-prize winner, Julia Keller's first crime novel - the first in a series featuring prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins - set in the beautiful crime-ridden town of Acker's Gap. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, visitors see only its stunning natural beauty. But for those living there it's a different story. The mountain roads harbour secret places, perfect for making the prescription drugs that tempt its desperately poor. Bell Elkins left a broken teenager, savaged by a past she couldn't forget. But, as prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, Bell is back and determined to help clean up the only home she has ever known. As winter sets in and her daughter is witness to a shocking triple murder, Bell finds her family in danger. Can she uncover the truth before her world is destroyed again?

Killing in the Hills

Killing in the Hills

Author: Julia Keller Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2012

Whats happening in Ackers 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 Ackers 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, West Virginia. 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?In this powerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Julia Keller, a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before its too late. Shannon McManus does a terrific job narrating Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Kellers debut novel. McManus handles the various ages, accents, and genders with controlled enthusiasm, delivering a gripping performance of Kellers many shocking plot twists and breathtaking descriptions of Appalachias beauty. First-rate listening. - Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

A Killing in the Hills (Bell Elkins, Book 1) A thrilling mystery of murder and deceit

A Killing in the Hills (Bell Elkins, Book 1) A thrilling mystery of murder and deceit

Author: Julia Keller Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2012

Pulitzer-prize winner, Julia Keller's first crime novel - the first in a series featuring prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins - set in the beautiful crime-ridden town of Acker's Gap. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, visitors see only its stunning natural beauty. But for those living there it's a different story. The mountain roads harbour secret places, perfect for making the prescription drugs that tempt its desperately poor. Bell Elkins left a broken teenager, savaged by a past she couldn't forget. But, as prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, Bell is back and determined to help clean up the only home she has ever known. As winter sets in and her daughter is witness to a shocking triple murder, Bell finds her family in danger. Can she uncover the truth before her world is destroyed again?

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