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Author alters hit novel in a new edition 20 years later

Second edition of Dark Debts has less violence, new explosive ending, and other plot twists

Author Karen Hall in her independent bookstore in Boone, North Carolina. She spent the last two decades obsessing about the flaws of Dark Debts. "I never stopped thinking about it," said Hall, 59. "I never said it aloud to anybody, but I always knew I would never write another book until I got this one right."

New York

WHEN Karen Hall published her debut novel Dark Debts 20 years ago, it seemed like the start of a blockbuster literary career. Hall, a veteran TV writer who had worked on hits like M*A*S*H and Hill Street Blues, had the commercial storytelling chops. She spent five years working...

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