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Bitter River

Bitter River

Keller, Julia, author

In a small town, everybody is next of kin to everybody else. When a local high-school student is found murdered in a car in Bitter River, the hunt is on to find her killer. Bell Elkins is on the case, and determined to bring justice for the girl whose death devastates the whole population of Acker's Gap. But there are even more sinister events taking place in the isolated West Virginia town, and in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains the strength of small community ties is tested by catastrophe

Hardback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Headline, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Julia Keller
ISBN: 0755392906, 9780755392902
Physical Description: 373 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: Appalachian Region Fiction.

Author note

Julia Keller was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. The chief book critic for the Chicago Tribune, she has taught both creative and non-fiction writing at Princeton, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, and won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2005.


'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