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Something Bad Wrong

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Something Bad Wrong

To catch the killer who eluded her detective grandfather 50 years ago, a true-crime podcaster must contend with outdated evidence, ulterior motives and the dark family secrets that got in the way.

True-crime podcaster Jess Keeler has returned to Deeton County, North Carolina, to pick up where her grandfather left off. Sheriff’s Deputy Big Jim Ballard, her grandfather, was a respected detective --- until it all came crashing down during a 1972 murder investigation.

For Jim, solving the murders of two teens should have been the highlight of his already storied career. Instead, he battled his own mind, unsure where his hunches ended and the truth began.

Working from her grandfather’s disjointed notes, Jess is sure that she can finally put the cold case --- and her family’s shame --- to rest. Enlisting the help of disgraced reporter Dan Decker, Jess soon discovers ugly truths about the first investigation, which was shaped by corruption, egos and a family secret that may be the key to the crime.

Told in a dual timeline that covers both investigations, SOMETHING BAD WRONG explores human folly, hubris and how sometimes, to solve a crime, you have to find out who’s covering it up.

Something Bad Wrong
by Eryk Pruitt

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2023
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • ISBN-10: 1662507054
  • ISBN-13: 9781662507052