February 21, 2014 12:00 AM

In ‘The Weight of Blood,’ mystery, darkness mingle in small-town Missouri

Laura McHugh is a previously unknown novelist residing in Columbia who is about to become well known for a book set in small-town Missouri. Her debut novel, “The Weight of Blood,” could fairly be classified as mystery fiction with a literary overlay. Or as literary fiction with mystery at its core. In any case, it’s superb.

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