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 town. Here together for the first time in an eBook bundle are her critically acclaimed Bell Elkins novels:
A Killing in the Hills
When prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins’s daughter, Carla, witnesses a shooting at a local diner, she realizes that she might be able to identify the shooter. What better way to repair a fragile, damaged relationship with her mother than to help her do her job?
16-year-old Lucinda Trimble’s body is found at the bottom of Bitter River—but she didn’t drown, she was dead before she hit the water. Searching for the truth behind both Lucinda's murder and her own complicated relationships leads Bell down a path that puts her life at risk.
Summer of the Dead
Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. Meanwhile Lindy Crabtree, a coal miner's daughter, is keeping dark secrets of her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more violence.
Last Ragged Breath
Royce Dillard doesn't remember much about the day his parents—and one hundred and twenty-three other souls—died in the 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster. Now Dillard is fighting for his life one more time: He's on trial for murder. Prosecutor Bell Elkins faces her toughest challenge yet in this haunting story of vengeance, greed and the fierce struggle for social justice.
Included along with these full-length novels are Julia Keller’s compelling Bell Elkins stories, The Devil’s Stepdaughter, A Haunting of the Bones, Ghost Roll, and Evening Street.
About the Author
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.