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Bone on Bone

Bone on Bone

A Bell Elkins Novel

Bell Elkins Novels

Julia Keller

Minotaur Books

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In the next powerful mystery from Julia Keller, West Virginia prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins continues to unravel her town's ties to crime and drug abuse.

Four years have passed since the end of Pulitzer Prize winning Julia Keller’s Fast Falls the Night and much has changed in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia. Former deputy Jake Oakes is adjusting to life as a paraplegic after being shot by a drug dealer and Bell’s sister, Shirley, died a year ago from lung cancer.
But one thing hasn’t changed: the crime and desperation afflicting this small Appalachian community. No one knows this more than Brent and Linda Topping, whose calm and steady world has been upended by the drug addiction of their 19-year-old son, Jeff. First Brent is murdered by his son's suppliers. And then, wracked with guilt over his father’s death, Jeff calls his mother on the brink of suicide. She rushes to his aid only to be shot in the head in what Jeff describes as a mixup. But Bell and the local authorities aren’t so sure he’s innocent.
As Sheriff Pam Harrison and Prosecutor Rhonda Lovejoy unravel the mystery, they are joined by an unlikely pair of allies: Jake Oakes, who has begrudgingly channeled his anger at his physical limitations into a clerical job at the courthouse; and Bell Elkins. Will this unlikely group be able to find the truth before this epidemic finds another victim?

Julia Keller delivers another enthralling mystery and portrait of a town in crisis with Bone on Bone.

About the author

Julia Keller

Julia Keller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune, is the author of many books for adults and young readers, including A Killing in the Hills, the first book in the Bell Elkins series and winner of the Barry Award for Best First Novel (2013); Back Home; and The Dark Intercept. Keller has a Ph.D. in English literature from Ohio State and was awarded Harvard University’s Nieman Fellowship. She was born in West Virginia and lives in Ohio.

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