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Featured New Release: NEVER COME BACK by David Bell

A lot of mystery readers, myself included, got to know David Bell through his book CEMETERY GIRL and THE HIDING PLACE. He's back with a new release NEVER COME BACK!

 

Cemetery Girl  

The Hiding Place  

 

 

Overview

 

 

Elizabeth Hampton is consumed by grief when her mother dies unexpectedly. Leslie Hampton cared for Elizabeth’s troubled brother Ronnie’s special needs, assuming Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. But Leslie’s sudden death propels Elizabeth into a world of danger and double lives that undoes everything she thought she knew....

When police discover that Leslie was strangled, they immediately suspect that one of Ronnie’s outbursts took a tragic turn.Elizabeth can’t believe that her brother is capable of murder, but who else could have had a motive to kill their quiet, retired mother? 

 

More questions arise when a stranger is named in Leslie’s will: a woman also named Elizabeth. As the family’s secrets unravel, a man from Leslie’s past who claims to have all the answers shows up, but those answers might put Elizabeth and those she loves the most in mortal danger. 

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BIO

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David Bell was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. More specifically, he was born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati, which matters—a lot—to people from Cincinnati. The sound of Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall broadcasting Reds’ baseball games provided the soundtrack to his childhood.

David attended St. Catharine of Siena grade school and spent countless hours at the Westwood Public Library developing his love of reading. As a child, one of his favorite books was KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS by Mabel Louise Robinson. David read this book over and over and was disappointed when he grew up and found out the stories in the book weren’t true.

David then attended high school at St. Xavier in Cincinnati. He took his first creative writing class at St. Xavier and wrote his first short stories. Unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on how one looks at it—those stories, written before the age of computers, are lost forever.

David attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Not only is it one of the most beautiful campuses in the country—and at the time was home to one of the best basketball teams in the country—it was a great place for someone interested in books and writing to study. David majored in English and took as many classes in his major as he could, studying everything from Homer to Saul Bellow and Grace Paley. He only took one creative writing course—and again those stories are lost to the ages—but he did decide, absent any other job options, that it might just make sense to try to pursue a career as a fiction writer.

 

Do you really want to know about David’s twenties? Does anyone?

 

David worked a series of odd jobs—waiter, bartender, book store clerk, telemarketer—in a series of odd places—Shreveport, Louisiana; Savannah, Georgia; Washington D.C. After five years of that, he decided he had had enough of the real world and went to graduate school for creative writing. First for an M.A. at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and then for a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati. During graduate school, David wrote a few novels, which still survive on his hard drive but have not been published, and sold some short stories to journals large and small—Western Humanities Review, Backwards City Review, The Edge: Tales of Suspense. Some of these journals still exist even after publishing David’s work.

 

After completing his Ph.D., David returned to teach at Miami University as a visiting professor of creative writing for one year before accepting a tenure-track job at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. After two years in the Tar Heel state,

 David moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky where he accepted a tenure-track job at Western Kentucky University. While at WKU, David sold his novel CEMETERY GIRL to NAL/Penguin. When he is not teaching or writing, David watches lots and lots of movies and reads lots and lots of books. He also enjoys walking in the cemetery near his house with his wife, writer and blogger Molly McCaffrey.

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Here are some of David's coming events - see the full list at his website: http://www.davidbellnovels.com

 

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Warren County Public Library
1225 State Street
6 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2013
RSVP on Facebook.

 

Ft. Knox, KY
Barr Memorial Library
62 W. Spearhead Division Ave., Building 400
6 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013
RSVP on Facebook.

 

Chicago, IL
GLIBA/Heartland Forum
Crowne Plaza O'Hare
Saturday, October 5, 2013

 

Lexington, KY
Great Writers Series, Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 West Second Street
7 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 20133
RSVP on Facebook.

 

Lexington, KY
The Creative Intelligence Series, Transylvania University
Writing Workshop and Reading
Cowgill 102
3:30-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013

RSVP on Facebook.

 

Nashville, TN
Southern Festival of Books
War Memorial Plaza
October 11-13, 2013
RSVP on Facebook.

 

Owensboro, KY
Daviess County Library
2020 Frederica Street
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013
RSVP on Facebook.

 

He has some Barnes & Noble events coming up, too:

 

Bowling Green, KY
Kentucky Live
Barnes & Noble, 1680 Campbell Lane
7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013

 

Frankfort, KY
Kentucky Book Fair
Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street
November 15-16, 2013

 

Bowling Green, KY
Barnes & Noble
1680 Campbell Lane
3-5 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013

 

Bowling Green, KY
Kentucky Writers Conference
Knicely Conference Center
Friday, April 25, 2014

 

Bowling Green, KY
Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Knicely Conference Center
Saturday, April 26, 2014

 

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David Bell has proven to be a major talent in the thriller and suspense community with the success and acclaim of his first novel, Cemetery Girl (2011) and last year's The Hiding Place, with Publishers Weekly praising his books as “…must-read[s] for thriller fans,” and Suspense Magazine claiming his books are “not to be missed.”
 
Bell, a Pushcart Prize nominee, is a master of writing dark, captivating suspense stories set in small midwestern communities with complex family narratives, seemingly ripped from the headlines.  In Cemetery Girl, a 12-year-old girl disappears and shockingly returns four years later after living willingly with her much older male captor.  Bell explores how the family is torn apart first by her initial disappearance, and how they try to reassemble the pieces of their shattered lives when she reappears, especially since she is no longer the sweet girl they once knew.  The Hiding Placeweaves a story of murder, wrongful accusation, and race in a small Ohio town where new evidence surfaces about a child䃅s abduction and murder after twenty years, and in learning the truth, several families are faced with secrets and memories that had long been buried.
 
Now, Bell creates more family drama and conflict paired with devastating murder in NEVER COME BACK (NAL Trade Paperback Original; October 1, 2013; 978-0-451-41751-0).  After Elizabeth Hampton's mother dies unexpectedly, Elizabeth becomes her troubled brother Ronnie䃅s caregiver.  But when Ronnie becomes the prime suspect in their mother's death, Elizabeth discovers secrets about her family she never would have believed – and that lead her into mortal danger.
 
NEVER COME BACK is an ambitious and compelling novel that exposes the underlying darkness that every family – and small town  can hold. 

 

PRAISE

 

“Bell does a good job exposing the seaminess underlying seemingly placid smalltown life... sensational”
Publishers Weekly on NEVER COME BACK

 

“an intriguing, layered psychological thriller”
Kirkus Reviews on NEVER COME BACK

 

“a definite page-turner... David Bell, once again, has written an incredible, unique thriller that will have you hooked!”
Suspense Magazine on NEVER COME BACK