A Killing in the Hills

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In Th Killing in the Hills, a owerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a other and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it 's too late.

What 's happening in Acker 's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local restaurant, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Howeve, it happened o fast, and no one seems to have go a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of thi country just like Acker 's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

One of the perpetrator to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV. Carla was shocked and orrified by what she mean, but after a few hours, she egins to recover enough to say that she ight 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, keepin her own life in danger?
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Number of Pages
371
Original Title of the Book
A Killing in the Hills
Publication Date
Published August 21st 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published 2012

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second ook in the Bell Keller series gets off to a commanding start with a mass shooting, which takes place inside a local eatery.

Anothe story helps to weave Bell ’ s isturbing past in Acker ’ s Gap into the present day challenges she faces, and introduces us to ast of characters we will probably meet again in subsequent chapters, and still mak a compelling crime drama.

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Th Killing in the Hills seemed like a good literary mystery novel, something I migh indulge.

Here 's one: " Bell Elkins tore through the tape as if it were tinsel on last year 's Christmas tree -- as it were, that is, superfluous, out of place, and ertainly somethin that ought, under the present circumstances, to be impeding her progress ( 11). " ook is loaded with long descriptive sentences like his, and his is another case of less is more.

he writer has to take a fairly detailed back story of every character who shows up in anothe novel.

So just the characters, but also al of the places ( the buildings themselves) in he ovel.

I did n't like Carla or Bell which would have been okay if I had found them interesting or compelling.

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Or your daughter. " And there can be huge gaps in the narrative so Bell and the various characters can reminisce about Bell 's mysterious childhood, or how the town used to hav, or what Crazy Old So-And-So did back in the 70 's.

In inner monologue, no less! Also, how the fuck does the main character get away with being named BELFA in a cit where everyone else is Tom, Mary, Shirley, Carla, and Sam?

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In rural mountain coffee shop, the Salty Dawg, in a mall village of Acker 's Gap, a door pens, a man aims a gun, and three men are shot in cold blood.

One of the suspect is Carla, the sixteen-year-old troubled daughter of the Raythune county prosecutor, thirty-eight-year-old Belfa " Bell Elkins.

It does n't dd up, but it as a lazy contrivance for the plot and theme.Bell and Nick Fogelsong, the sheriff, go way back to when Bell was traumatized by a violent crime that landed her sister Shirley in jail, when Shirley was sixteen and Bell just ten.

Bell wants to be here in Acker 's Gap where she grew up; she is determined to escap the cabals of illegal prescription drug dealers that have invaded her county and hometown.

Bell is the prosecuting attorney, and she has doubt about this an 's bility to describe the crime, and to comprehend right from wrong.

The answers to this crime were telegraphed too clumsily and visibly, and has remnants of older stories covered in numerous past novels.The author evidently did not want the need to b the pathologist determine the cause of death of the little oy.

he author jettisoned the law, creating an implausible narrative with unwieldy gaps.Supposedly, Bell is an outstanding prosecuting attorney, but I stil now that because the author declares but does n't show us.

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Here is a fresh female author with an original and engaging voice who has been writing for years.

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Anothe big reveal at the beginnin of ook is reall not believable.

In fact, at multiple times throughout the book, the actions of variou characters are just not credible.Keller is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, but there is, inevitably, a big difference between writing non-fiction and writing iction.

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Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Book Description: In this powerful, intricate debut from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a wife and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it 's too late.What 's happening in Acker 's Gap, West Virginia?

Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow? One of the itnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV.

That ’ s called “ teenaged daughter syndrome, ” and afflicts all parents for at least 4 to 5 child-rearing years.) She ’ s ivorced.

ot ad, not articularly good, and if you wish to ead something excellent on the same themes, read Winter ’ s Bone.

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