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Bone on Bone

A Bell Elkins Novel

by Julia Keller

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Bone on Bone by Julia Keller
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2018
    320 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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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 mountains that hold these lives in a tight grip.

How far would you go for someone you love? Would you die? Would you kill? After a three-year prison sentence, Bell Elkins is back in Acker's Gap. And she finds herself in the white-hot center of a complicated and deadly case - even as she comes to terms with one last, devastating secret of her own.

A prominent local family has fallen victim to the same sickness that infects the whole region: drug addiction. With mother against father, child against parent, and tensions that lead inexorably to tragedy, they are trapped in a grim, hopeless struggle with nowhere to turn.

Bell has lost her job as prosecutor - but not her affection for her ragtag, hard-luck hometown. Teamed up with former Deputy Jake Oakes, who battles his own demons as he adjusts to life as a paraplegic, and aided by the new prosecutor, Rhonda Lovejoy, Bell tackles a case as poignant as it is perilous, as heartbreaking as it is challenging.

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"Starred Review. This thoughtful, painfully empathetic story will long linger in the reader's memory." – Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Keller can spin a mystery plot with the best of them, but it's her full-bodied characters and the regard they have for one another that really sets her crime fiction apart: a bride's back-of-the-hand caress of her new husband's cheek, and his response, is a moment that will linger in memory long after the crime is solved." - Booklist

"Fans of this brilliant series will not be disappointed by the murder mystery or the big reveal of its heroine's motivation for trashing her life." - Kirkus

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Julia Keller Author Biography

Keller graduated from Marshall University, and later obtained a doctoral degree in English literature at Ohio State University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and she has taught at the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, and Princeton. During her journalism career, she worked at The Ashland Daily Independent in Ashland, Ky.; The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio; and The Chicago Tribune.

In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a three-part narrative series.

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