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Bell Elkins Novels

The barren beauty of an impoverished rural West Virginia mountain town is the setting for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller’s Bell Elkins novels, featuring a prosecutor determined to see justice prevail in a dying community in this haunting mystery series.

“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.”–New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly on Bitter River

  • Bone on Bone
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    • Bone on Bone

    • Bell Elkins Novels (Volume 8)
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • The next powerful chapter in Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Keller's beloved Bell Elkins series sends readers headlong into the thick of a mystery as young as today's headlines -- but as old as the...

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  • Fast Falls the Night
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    • Fast Falls the Night

    • Bell Elkins Novels (Volume 7)
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • In the next powerful mystery from Julia Keller, a murder investigation leads West Virginia prosectuing attorney Bell Elkins to the shattering truth about her own past.

      Based on a real-life...

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  • Sorrow Road
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    • Sorrow Road

    • Bell Elkins Novels (Volume 5)
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • In Sorrow Road, the latest mystery from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Julia Keller, two stories—one set in the turbulent era of World War II and one in the present day—are woven together...

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  • Last Ragged Breath
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    • Last Ragged Breath

    • Bell Elkins Novels (Volume 4)
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • From the night-black depths of a coalmine to the sun-struck peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, from a riveting murder mystery to a poignant meditation on the meaning of love and family, the latest...

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  • Summer of the Dead
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    • Summer of the Dead

    • Bell Elkins Novels (Volume 3)
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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...

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  • Bitter River
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    • Bitter River

    • Bell Elkins Novels (Volume 2)
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • In the next stunning novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning Julia Keller, following the popular A Killing in the Hills, a pregnant teenager is found murdered at the bottom of a river

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  • A Killing in the Hills
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    • A Killing in the Hills

    • Bell Elkins Novels (Volume 1)
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • What's happening in Acker's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so...

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  • The Devil's Stepdaughter
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    • The Devil's Stepdaughter

    • Bell Elkins Novels (Volume 1)
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • The Devil's Stepdaughter, a story from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller, takes us back into beloved prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins's past. The year Bell turns eleven, she's living...

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  • The Bell Elkins Series, Thus Far
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    • The Bell Elkins Series, Thus Far

    • Bell Elkins Novels
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • In her powerful, intricate Bell Elkins series, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Julia Keller weaves haunting mysteries against the stark beauty and extreme poverty of a small West Virginia mountain...

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  • Evening Street
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    • Evening Street

    • Bell Elkins Novels
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • By day, she's a tough-minded prosecutor in Raythune County, West Virginia, a region scarred by poverty and prescription drug abuse. By night, Bell Elkins takes on a softer role. She volunteers...

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  • Ghost Roll
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    • Ghost Roll

    • Bell Elkins Novels
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney and small-town heroine of Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller's A Killing in the Hills, Bitter River and Summer of the Dead, faces one of her...

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  • A Haunting of the Bones
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    • A Haunting of the Bones

    • Bell Elkins Novels
      Julia Keller
      St. Martin's Press

    • From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller comes A HAUNTING OF THE BONES, another suspsenseful and provocative story that will keep readers up all night...
      Bell Elkins, prosecuting...

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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.

Elaine Phillips