Bell Elkins Series Volume #3
By Julia Keller
It's high summer in Acker's Gap, a small town nestled in the beautiful but
poverty-stricken West Virginia mountains--but no one's enjoying the rugged
natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the town and its hard-luck
inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and her closest friend, Sheriff Nick
Fogelsong, are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the
mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her
sister, Shirley--who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past.
the third mystery chronicling the journey of Bell Elkins and her return to her
Appalachian hometown, we also meet Lindy Crabtree--a coal miner's daughter with
dark secrets of her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more
violence. Acker's Gap is a place of loveliness and brutality, of isolation and
fierce attachments--a place where the dead rub shoulders with the living, and
demand their due.
Julia Keller once again captivates readers with this story of a dying West
Virginia mountain town and the strong, proud people who inhabit it.
â€œKeller's insights into the vagaries of families provide a solid foundation as the character-driven Summer of the Dead delivers a plot rich with believable action and intriguing twists.â€ â€•Associated Press
â€œJulia Keller is a beautiful writer and Bitter River has an elegiac force to it that is powerful and gripping. Bell Elkins is one of the most fully realized characters in fiction today. I just turned the last page on this one and I want more.â€ â€•Michael Connelly
â€œA literate, gritty, character-driven tale with another surprise ending.â€ â€•Kirkus (starred)
About the author:
JULIA KELLER spent twelve years as a reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune, where she won a Pulitzer Prize. A recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she was born in West Virginia and lives in Chicago and Ohio.