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After 16 novels, Fresno’s Bonnie Hearn Hill turns to her hometown for a setting

Fresno author Bonnie Hearn Hill’s 17th novel, “The River Below,” is set in her hometown.
Fresno author Bonnie Hearn Hill’s 17th novel, “The River Below,” is set in her hometown. Courtesy Bonnie Hearn Hill

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The River Below

Author: Bonnie Hearn Hill, Fresno

Description: Hill’s 17th novel is the first she has set in her hometown, specifically, the San Joaquin River near her home. The book is about two friends, Tessa and Claire, who work for a river conservancy group. When a car containing a gun and bloodstains floats to the top of the river, Tessa begins thinking she sees a woman in the water – but Tessa has been experiencing what may be early-onset dementia. Her husband, a prominent criminal attorney, is in denial and distracted by the biggest case of his career. It’s up to Claire, an environmental scientist with a secret of her own, to find out what’s going on. Publishers Weekly says, “Set in Central California, this poignant standalone from Hill is as much a story about friendship and loss as it is a mystery.” (Severn House)

224 pages, $28.99, www.bonniehhill.com

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