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What to expect

Pulitzer-prize winner, Julia Keller’s first crime novel – the first in a new series featuring prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins – set in the beautiful 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?

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Critics Review

  • ‘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. I hope there’s more to come in the story of Bell Elkins and Acker’s Gap’

    Laura Lippman
  • ‘Be careful opening this book because once you do you won’t be able to close it. A killer novel’

    Tom Franklin

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