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A killing in the hills

Author: Julia Keller
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2012.
Series: [Bell Elkins mysteries, 1]
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins and her estranged teenage daughter, Carla, try to protect their town and each other in the aftermath of a shocking triple murder committed by an unknown shooter whose identity is gradually realized by Carla.
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Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Keller
ISBN: 9781250003485 1250003482 9781250018069 1250018064
OCLC Number: 777662625
Description: 371 p. ; 25 cm.
Series Title: [Bell Elkins mysteries, 1]
Responsibility: Julia Keller.

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Prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins and her estranged teenage daughter, Carla, try to protect their town and each other in the aftermath of a shocking triple murder committed by an unknown shooter whose identity is gradually realized by Carla.

In this novel a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it is too late. What is 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 fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow? One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, West Virginia. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job. After all, what better way to repair their fragile, damaged relationship? But could Carla also end up doing more harm than good, in fact, putting her own life in danger?

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