A Bell Elkins Novel
by Julia Keller
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, the latest mystery from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Julia Keller, two storiesâ€•one set in the turbulent era of World War II and one in the present dayâ€•are woven together to create a piercingly poignant tale of memory and family, of love and murder.
Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney in Ackerâ€™s Gap, West Virginia, is asked by an old acquaintance to look into the death of her beloved father in an Alzheimerâ€™s care facility. Did he die of natural causesâ€•or was something more sinister to blame? And thatâ€™s not the only issue with which Bell is grappling: Her daughter Carla has moved back home. But somethingâ€™s 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 Ackerâ€™s 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.
â€œSorrow Road continues the high standards that Keller has established with her series. Sorrow Road, like her other novels, is a story about a community comprised of very personal stories, each as unique as each individual.â€â€•Associated Press
â€œThe setting and the tone will appeal to fans of both Sharyn McCrumb and Julia Spencer-Fleming, and the introspective protagonist and literary quality recommend it to followers of Tana French and Louise Penny. Another outstanding entry in a superb series.â€â€•Booklist (starred review) on Sorrow Road
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. She is the author of the Bell Elkins series (A Killing in the Hills, Bitter River, Summer of the Dead).