Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
A Killing in the Hills, by Julia Keller
Keller's West Virginia is a very grim place. Poverty and degradation are ubiquitous. People trying to stop the state from disintegrating under a mountain of pain-killers seem to be fighting a loosing battle. One of the combatants is prosecutor Belfa Elkins, mother of the miserable, rebellious Carla. The other is her oldest friend, Sheriff Nick Fogelsong. As Belfa and Nick try to find the killer of three old men, who were shot over their morning coffee, the killer himself spirals further and further out of control. Lots of tragic lives, lots of big and little villains.