The third in Julia Keller's brilliant Bell Elkins series.
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 remarkably written and remarkably tense debut. I loved it - Dennis Lehane
A suspenseful, superbly executed plot that displays a depth rarely seen in mystery fiction - Booklist
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.