A Killing in the Hills

A Killing in the Hills

In A Killing in the Hills, a powerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a mother 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 diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still,...

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Title:A Killing in the Hills
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A Killing in the Hills Reviews

  • Richard
    Here is a fresh female author with an original and engaging voice who has been writing for years. However this award winning journalist has left her successful newspaper career to forge a new identity as an author and return to teaching to pass on her craft.I really enjoyed this debut novel, it is b...
  • Carol
    My sincere thanks to Alison Fisher, Library Marketing Coordinator, Adult Trade of Macmillan for getting the e-galley to me at my request. A Killing in the Hills will be published August 21st. The highest compliment I can give Julia Keller's debut novel is that I'd like to read another featuring pro...
  • Julie
    A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller is a 2012 Minotaur publication. This first book in the Bell Keller series gets off to a commanding start with a mass shooting, which takes place inside a local eatery. Bell, the prosecuting attorney, and single mother, discovers her only child, Carla, was insid...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Book Description: In this powerful, intricate debut from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a mother 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 o...
  • Lynn
    Three stars because I liked the characters and the first two-thirds of the book very much. Not sure what happened after the story got established. When the plot resolutions were revealed, they were riddled with sloppy clich├ęs, improbable police work mistakes, and a cheesy deathbed confession. Dis...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist writes a first novel about a murder of three elderly men in the West Virginia hill country. The possibilities intrigued me from the first few pages, and I expected a well-written piece of work--no fluff, no sloppiness, clean editing, and mature, solid plot and the...
  • Andrea
    Predictable, chock-full of cliches, and stiffly written. My first thought upon finishing it was, "Wow, that was like a bad episode of The Closer."SPOILERS ABOUND.Three guys get shot in a diner. It'sa) a crazy lunaticb) some complex vendetta/revenge schemec) because of DRUGZProtagonist's headstrong 1...
  • Kristina
    A Killing in the Hills seemed like a good literary mystery novel, something I would enjoy. While I would still go with the assessment that it's more of a literary novel, I have to say I didn't enjoy it. It was very wordy and full long, windy descriptive phrases that distracted me from the story itse...

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