Books by Julia Keller

DARK STAR CALLING by Julia Keller
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 12, 2019

"Though heavy-handed, the thematic arc succeeds where the world still feels flimsy. (Science fiction. 12-adut)"
New Earth faces non-Intercept threats in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
THE COLD WAY HOME by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2019

"A gritty tale of despair, family pride, hope, and second chances."
Three detectives whose lives have been badly damaged hunt for the truth about family murders generations apart. Read full book review >
DARK MIND RISING by Julia Keller
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Sloppy and cringeworthy. (Dystopian adventure. 12-adult)"
Two years after Violet destroyed the Intercept in The Dark Intercept (2017), she's pulled into a mystery that reveals the Intercept might not be gone. Read full book review >
BONE ON BONE by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Fans of this brilliant series will not be disappointed by the murder mystery or the big reveal of its heroine's motivation for trashing her life."
A woman determined to atone and make a difference returns to her drug-plagued hometown. Read full book review >
THE DARK INTERCEPT by Julia Keller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Middling and undercooked, redeemed by characters and ideas. (Dystopian adventure. 12-adult)"
At the end of the 23rd century, government surveillance uses weaponized emotions to control the population. Read full book review >
FAST FALLS THE NIGHT by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Keller's prose is so pure that her exploration of the desperate scourge of drugs and poverty and her forecast of a grim future for her heroine are a joy to read."
A macabre 24 hours discloses a world of pain for Raythune County, West Virginia. Read full book review >
SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Although this isn't the best of Keller's deeply nuanced, beautifully written examinations of life and death in hardscrabble coal country (Last Ragged Breath, 2015, etc.), its exploration of the ravages of Alzheimer's is deeply moving."
A deadly accident in 1938 West Virginia is the impetus for several modern murders. Read full book review >
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A beautifully crafted mystery in which Keller (Summer of the Dead, 2014, etc.) explores love, hate, and poverty in a place of stunning natural beauty with pockets of overwhelming ugliness. The ending may leave you in tears."
A West Virginia prosecutor has an uneasy feeling about her latest case. Read full book review >
SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"In her powerfully written third appearance, Bell (Bitter River, 2013, etc.) emerges as a compelling heroine with an especially vexing mystery to solve."
Even though her life seems to be spiraling out of control, Bell Elkins still has to care for her family members and do her job as a West Virginia county prosecutor. Read full book review >
BITTER RIVER by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A worthy follow-up to Bell's debut (A Killing in the Hills, 2012): a literate, gritty, character-driven tale with another surprise ending."
A tough prosecutor in a small West Virginia town battles criminals and inner demons. Read full book review >
A KILLING IN THE HILLS by Julia Keller
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A fictional debut for a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, born and raised in West Virginia, whose love for the state, filled with natural beauty and deep poverty, pervades a mystery that has plenty of twists and turns and a shocking conclusion."
A tough prosecutor who's trying to make a difference in the lives of West Virginians suddenly finds her own life in shambles. Read full book review >
BACK HOME by Julia Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

Rachel's father, a member of the National Guard, has come back from Iraq with a serious head injury and without one arm and one leg. In a first-person narration that features an overabundance of often-intrusive similes and metaphors and never truly captures an authentic 13-year-old voice, Rachel relates her family's despair over her father's lack of improvement, his growing social isolation and her mother's eroding ability to cope. Rachel's narrative focuses far more on feelings than events, with her initial anger gradually evolving into a discouraging although believable resignation. The lack of action may leave readers with little motivation to turn the pages, though. In an afterword, the author cites a statistic that more than 80 percent of Marines and Navy soldiers wounded in the war have brain injuries without mentioning that the same source, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, states the figure for all wounded soldiers is about 22 percent. Most likely to resonate with children of seriously wounded veterans (who may find the lack of hope discouraging but accurate), Rachel's slow-paced tale lacks significant general appeal. (Fiction. 11-14) Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2008

"Overheated prose only slightly mars this colorful portrait of an underappreciated American inventor and his times."
Passionate biography of the inventor of the first practical machine gun. Read full book review >