Julia Keller returned to the program to discuss the latest installment in her series that features Bell Elkins. These books are set mostly in the small town of Acker's Gap, West Virginia. As this series has moved forward Bell Elkins has experienced quite a shift in her position in the world. Bell used to be the county prosecutor. Then she put herself in the position of allowing herself to be convicted of a murder and she was sent to prison. As this story begins she has been released from prison and has returned to Acker's Gap to rehabilitate herself.
The region remains in the grip of the opioid crisis and when a prominent local banker is murdered in his driveway one of the first people the police suspect might have been involved in the crime is the victim's own son, an addict who has been causing his parents unending agony and pain.
Keller is writing fiction here but the story certainly reads like it could have been pulled from current news headlines. This twisty tale takes readers to some unexpected and surprising places.
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