Karin Slaughter has proclaimed Julia Keller as 'a rare talent' and Michael Connelly says she's 'a beautiful writer' and now she returns with an exclusive eshort featuring series lead prosecutor Bell Elkins, heroine of A KILLING IN THE HILLS, BITTER RIVER, SUMMER OF THE DEAD and LAST RAGGED BREATH. Featuring first chapters from each novel, now is the time to immerse yourself in Bell's world...Attorney Bell Elkins's days are taken up by the high-profile cases that she prosecutes in Raythune County, West Virginia, a region scarred by poverty and prescription drug abuse. But her nights are very different. Volunteering at an auxiliary intensive care unit where nurses deal with the youngest and most vulnerable victims of drug abuse - children born to mothers addicted to painkillers - is not for the faint-hearted but Bell feels a desperate need to help. Rocking ailing infants to sleep at the Evening Street care facility, she provides what medical science - for all of its marvels - cannot: a simple human touch.One terrifying night, though, a distraught father breaks in and holds the staff and Bell hostage, demanding a reckoning for a family grudge. The drama quickly escalates toward a lethal flashpoint. At the centre of it all is a baby, only hours old. Can Bell ensure that he, indeed that all of the babies, survive the night?