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Author: Julia Keller Narrator: Shannon McManus Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Bell Elkins Novels Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781469216508
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“Julia Keller is that rare talent who combines gripping suspense, a fabulous sense of place, and nuanced characters you can’t wait to come back to.” —Karin Slaughter

Phone calls before dawn are never good news. And when you’re the county’s prosecuting attorney, calls from the sheriff are rarely good news, either. So when Bell Elkins picks up the phone, she already knows she won’t like what she’s about to hear, but she’s still not prepared for this: sixteen-year-old Lucinda Trimble’s body has been found at the bottom of Bitter River. And Lucinda didn’t drown—she was dead before her body ever hit the water.

With a case like that, Bell knows the coming weeks are going to be tough. But that’s not all Bell is coping with these days. Her daughter is now living with Bell’s ex-husband, hours away. Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, one of Bell’s closest friends, is behaving oddly. Furthermore, a face from her past has resurfaced for reasons Bell can’t quite figure. Searching for the truth, both behind Lucinda’s murder and behind her own complicated relationships, will lead Bell down a path that might put her very life at risk.

In Bitter River, Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller once again weaves a compelling, haunting mystery set against the stark beauty and extreme poverty of a small West Virginia mountain town.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Julia Keller is a beautiful writer, and Bitter River has an elegiac force to it that is powerful and gripping. Bell Elkins is one of the most fully realized characters in fiction today. I just turned the last page on this one, and I want more.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “Julia Keller’s lyrical and evocative prose in Bitter River propels the novel until all you can do is hang on until the final page. Her sense of place is spot-on and bittersweet.”

    C. J. Box

  • “Gripping suspense, a fabulous sense of place and nuanced characters you can't wait to come back to. A must read.”

    Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Remarkably written and remarkably tense…I loved it.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A gripping, beautifully-crafted murder mystery…Great reading.”

    Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A killer novel.”

    Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A soulful depiction of a beautiful, besieged afterthought of a town.” 

    People

  • “A worthy follow-up to Bell’s debut: a literate, gritty, character-driven tale with another surprise ending.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Selected for the September 2013 Indie Next List

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About the Author

Julia Keller was born and raised in West Virginia, and now lives in Ohio. In her career as a journalist, she won the Pulitzer Prize for a three-part series she wrote for the Chicago Tribune about a small town in Illinois rocked by a deadly tornado. A Killing in the Hills was her first mystery.

About the Narrator

Shannon McManus, award-winning narrator, is a Los Angeles–based actor, writer, and voice artist. Her natural vocal abilities and extensive theater training have led to work in audiobook narration, commercial voice-over, and animation. Critical praise includes an Audiofile Earphones Award and a Publishers Weekly Listen Up! Award in children’s and young adult fiction.