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The Killing Hills (Hardcover)

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This layered story takes you into the lives of Kentucky hill country. Mick Hardin, on leave from his Army CID work and soon to be officially AWOL is helping his sister the sheriff, gather info on a murder that’s shaken the tight knit community. He's dreading a return to his painful home life to meet his wife about the paternity of  her pregnancy.

Hardin’s a complicated man who knows how to tease info from these watchful folks, some of them his kin.The dance is intricate - hill country protocol at odds with law enforcement procedures and his sister’s very pointed observations about his home life. Mick’s deft weaving into and out of tight jams is intriguing.

Chris Offutt dances with words, stories and character motivations that make this a very immediate and human story.  It is excellent. --Marilyn

— From Marilyn

Description


A literary master across genres, award-winning author Chris Offutt's latest novel, The Killing Hills, is a compelling, propulsive thriller in which a suspicious death exposes the loyalties and rivalries of a deep-rooted and fiercely private community in the Kentucky backwoods.

Mick Hardin, a combat veteran now working as an Army CID agent, is home on a leave that is almost done. His wife is about to give birth, but they aren't getting along. His sister, newly risen to sheriff, has just landed her first murder case, and local politicians are pushing for city police or the FBI to take the case. Are they convinced she can't handle it, or is there something else at work? She calls on Mick who, with his homicide investigation experience and familiarity with the terrain, is well-suited to staying under the radar. As he delves into the investigation, he dodges his commanding officer's increasingly urgent calls while attempting to head off further murders. And he needs to talk to his wife.

The Killing Hills is a novel of betrayal--sexual, personal, within and between the clans that populate the hollers--and the way it so often shades into violence. Chris Offutt has delivered a dark, witty, and absolutely compelling novel of murder and honor, with an investigator-hero unlike any in fiction.

About the Author


CHRIS OFFUTT is the author of novels Country Dark and The Good Brother, the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, and three memoirs: The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, among many other places. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. He lives in rural Lafayette County near Oxford, Mississippi.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780802158413
ISBN-10: 0802158412
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English