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Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller

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The third murder mystery to feature Belfa (Bell) Elkins, the County Prosecutor of a small community in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia. Her troubled past plays on her. Her imprisoned sister is released after thirty years and is now back living with her. There are three random (?) murders but the main core of the tale lies elsewhere. This is very clever, an excellent read beautifully written. (The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner). You really get to know the characters, and care, and strangely you can step right into the series with this one and not be confused. Highly recommended.

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Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller

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...


'A rare talent and a must read' -- Karin Slaughter

'A gripping, beautifully crafted murder-mystery' -- Scott Turow

'A remarkably written and remarkably tense debut. I loved it' -- Dennis Lehane

'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. A killer novel' -- Tom Franklin

'Julia Keller's lyrical and evocative prose in Bitter River propels the novel until all you can do is hang on until the final page. Her sense of place is spot-on and bittersweet' -- C.J. Box

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.

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Publication date

9th April 2015


Julia Keller

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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


416 pages


Thriller / Suspense
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