How far would you go for someone you love? Would you die – or kill? Three years after leaving Ackers Gap, West Virginia to serve a prison sentence for murdering her father, Bell Elkins is back in Bone on Bone (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, August 21). And she finds herself in the center of a deadly family drama. She's 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 in a wheelchair, Bell faces a case that is poignant as well as perilous, comprised of equal parts heartbreak and mortal danger.
Julia Keller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune, is the author of many novels 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, the first volume of her science fiction trilogy for young adults. A recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, Keller has a Ph.D. in English literature from Ohio State University and served as television critic for The Columbus Dispatchearly in her career. She was born in West Virginia and lives in Ohio.