Bone on bone A novel

Julia Keller

Book - 2018

"The next powerful chapter in Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Keller's beloved Bell Elkins series sends readers headlong into the thick of a mystery as young as today's headlines -- but as old as the mountains that hold these lives in a tight grip. How far would you go for someone you love? Would you die? Would you kill? After a three-year prison sentence, Bell Elkins is back in Acker's Gap. And she finds herself in the white-hot center of a complicated and deadly case -- even as... she comes to terms with one last, devastating secret of her own. A prominent local family has fallen victim to the same sickness that infects the whole region: drug addiction. With mother against father, child against parent, and tensions that lead inexorably to tragedy, they are trapped in a grim, hopeless struggle with nowhere to turn. Bell has 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 as a paraplegic, and aided by the new prosecutor, Rhonda Lovejoy, Bell tackles a case as poignant as it is perilous, as heartbreaking as it is challenging."--

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Series
Keller, Julia. Bell Elkins novels.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Subtitle from cover.
Physical Description
vii, 307 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250190925
1250190924
Main Author
Julia Keller (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Drug addiction in Acker's Gap, West Virginia, which was at the center of Keller's previous series entry (Fast Falls the Night, 2017) is again the prime mover here. But there's much more going on, notably in the life of protagonist Bell Elkins. Having confessed to a crime and insisted on serving a prison term—an inexplicable act, given extenuating circumstances—former prosecutor Bell is newly free, finishing community service, and tired of trying to answer why she did what she did. Then she's asked by the new prosecutor to help investigate the murder of bank officer Brett Topping, shot in his driveway shortly after threatening his addicted son Tyler's drug supplier. Tyler, caught in a downward spiral of rehab and relapse, is currently back to living at home and so affecting his parents' lives that his mother is planning drastic action. Keller can spin a mystery plot with the best of them, but it's her full-bodied characters and the regard they have for one another that really sets her crime fiction apart: a bride's back-of-the-hand caress of her new husband's cheek, and his response, is a moment that will linger in memory long after the crime is solved. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Four years after the events in 2017's Fast Falls the Night, West Virginia prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins takes on the opioid epidemic. The supplier of Brent and Linda Topping's addicted son Jeff has murdered Brent, and when Linda sprints to stave off Jeff's suicide threat, she's shot in the head. Jeff claims that he's innocent, but Bell isn't so sure. From a Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The inhabitants of the dying town of Acker's Gap, W.Va., face only bleak prospects in Keller's beautifully written seventh Bell Elkins novel (after 2017's Fast Falls the Night). Adults close themselves off emotionally, clutching their despair, while young people are likely to slip into hopeless drug addiction—or dealing. Wheelchair-bound former sheriff's deputy Jake Oakes and just-out-of-prison former prosecutor Bell, who was put behind bars after confessing to her abusive father's murder, also appear to have no useful futures, but they get a new focus by investigating the shooting murder of banker Brett Topping. The police question Topping's 19-year-old drug-addicted son, Tyler, but once Tyler is cleared, along with his ultraviolent dealer, Deke Foley, suspicion shifts to more seemingly wholesome members of the community. Despite the pervading melancholy, characters stubbornly struggle to rediscover purpose for their lives and to pin down responsibility for personal failures. This thoughtful, painfully empathetic story will long linger in the reader's memory. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore & Co. (Aug.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The inhabitants of the dying town of Acker's Gap, W.Va., face only bleak prospects in Keller's beautifully written seventh Bell Elkins novel (after 2017's Fast Falls the Night). Adults close themselves off emotionally, clutching their despair, while young people are likely to slip into hopeless drug addiction—or dealing. Wheelchair-bound former sheriff's deputy Jake Oakes and just-out-of-prison former prosecutor Bell, who was put behind bars after confessing to her abusive father's murder, also appear to have no useful futures, but they get a new focus by investigating the shooting murder of banker Brett Topping. The police question Topping's 19-year-old drug-addicted son, Tyler, but once Tyler is cleared, along with his ultraviolent dealer, Deke Foley, suspicion shifts to more seemingly wholesome members of the community. Despite the pervading melancholy, characters stubbornly struggle to rediscover purpose for their lives and to pin down responsibility for personal failures. This thoughtful, painfully empathetic story will long linger in the reader's memory. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore & Co. (Aug.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The next powerful chapter in Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Keller's beloved Bell Elkins series sends readers headlong into the thick of a mystery as young as today's headlines -- but as old as the mountains that hold these lives in a tight grip. How far would you go for someone you love? Would you die? Would you kill? After a three-year prison sentence, Bell Elkins is back in Acker's Gap. And she finds herself in the white-hot center of a complicated and deadly case -- even as she comes to terms with one last, devastating secret of her own. A prominent local family has fallen victim to the same sickness that infects the whole region: drug addiction. With mother against father, child against parent, and tensions that lead inexorably to tragedy, they are trapped in a grim, hopeless struggle with nowhere to turn. Bell has 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 as a paraplegic, and aided by the new prosecutor, Rhonda Lovejoy, Bell tackles a case as poignant as it is perilous, as heartbreaking as it is challenging."--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Returning home after serving a three-year prison sentence, Bell Elkins teams up with paraplegic Jake Oakes and the new prosecutor Rhonda Lovejoy to investigate the suspicious deaths of a drug addict's parents.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An investigation involving the suspicious deaths of a drug addict's parents is complicated by former deputy Jake Oakes' struggles to adjust to his physical challenges and Bell's grief over the loss of her sister. By the author of Bitter River.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Bone on Bone, the next powerful chapter in Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Keller's beloved Bell Elkins series, sends readers headlong into the thick of a mystery as young as today's headlines -- but as old as the mountains that hold these lives in a tight grip. How far would you go for someone you love? Would you die? Would you kill? After a three-year prison sentence, Bell Elkins is back in Acker's Gap. And she finds herself in the white-hot center of a complicated and deadly case -- even as she comes to terms with one last, devastating secret of her own.A prominent local family has fallen victim to the same sickness that infects the whole region: drug addiction. With mother against father, child against parent, and tensions that lead inexorably to tragedy, they are trapped in a grim, hopeless struggle with nowhere to turn.Bell has 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 as a paraplegic, and aided by the new prosecutor, Rhonda Lovejoy, Bell tackles a case as poignant as it is perilous, as heartbreaking as it is challenging.