Pulitzer-prize winner Julia Keller's first crime novel and the first appearance of prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins, set in the beautiful, yet 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?
'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' Laura Lippman; 'A killer novel' Tom Franklin - Various
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. Her first novel, A KILLING IN THE HILLS, was highly acclaimed is also available from Headline.