Title: A Killing at the Creek
Author: Nancy Allen
Genre: Legal Thriller
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint HarperCollins
Another suspenseful legal thriller set in the Ozark hills starring prosecutor Elsie Arnold, who’s been waiting for a murder case to make her career--but when a body is found under a bridge and the only suspect is a 15-year-old boy,Elsie’s in for more than she bargained.The Monday morning meeting of the McCown County prosecutor’s office is interrupted by news of a discovery:the lifeless body of a woman, who was dumped under abridge, her throat cut from ear to ear.
The investigation reveals that the deceased was transporting a school bus,and when the vehicle, its interior covered in blood, is recovered in Oklahoma, the police arrest its sole occupant,Tanner Monroe, a fifteen year-old boy.When the head prosecutor assigns the case to Elsie Arnold and Chuck Harris, the new chief assistant, Elsie’s got herwork cut out for her. She’s been chomping at the bit to try amurder case, but win or lose, this case will haunt her. Noone has successfully prosecuted a juvenile for first degreemurder in McCown County.
If she loses, it’s her career on the line and a chilling murder unresolved; if she wins, a boy’s liberty will be taken from him before he reaches his sixteenth birthday.
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About the NancyNancy Allen is a member of the law faculty in the College of Business at Missouri State University. She practiced law for 15 years, serving as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and as Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. When
Nancy began her term as prosecutor, she was only the second woman in Southwest Missouri to serve in that
capacity. During her years in prosecution, she tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and she
served on the Rape Crisis Board and the child protection team of the Child Advocacy Council. She lives in Missouri
with her family.
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Ten Pieces of Advice I’d Give to Teen Nancy
By Nancy Allen
We’ve all said it, right? “If I knew then what I know now.” I’ve been thinking about this lately, for several reasons. The antagonist in my latest book, A Killing at the Creek, is an incorrigible teen; and my main character, Elsie Arnold, sometimes acts out like an incorrigible teen; and I have a teenage daughter (not the incorrigible type, thank goodness).
So exactly what would I tell my teenage self, if I had the power to go back and offer advice? I have a pretty good idea of ten things young Nancy would benefit from hearing.
1. Go to class, damn it. Those college professors will teach you something you don’t know. And you’re paying cash money for it.
2. Do not go on crash diets. Ever.
3. Enjoy the time you have with your mother. Relish it, revel in it. It won’t last forever.
4. Yes, a lot of people are shorter than you are—so what? Stand tall.
5. Don’t bother with a lot of makeup, and don’t worry about name brand clothes or accessories. Youth is an ornament.
6. Do not permit yourself to hanker after a boy who shows no interest in you.
7. Never let your friends tell you what people say about you behind your back.
8. Read your textbook before exam time. In fact, just keep up with the reading over the course of the semester. Maybe you’ll avoid being awakened later in life by the college anxiety nightmares.
9. Never fake it, or try to be someone else. Plenty of people will like the real you. Be with those people.
10. You will stumble. Own it. Use it. Grow from your mistakes.
Having just read over my list, it occurs to me that a number of those suggestions are still works in progress. Aaahhh, hell—what can I say? Some people never learn. I think I’m one of them….