Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book of the Week - The Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker

The Ways of the Dead
Neely Tucker
Viking 2014

Sully Carter, a veteran reporter of several wars, most recently Bosnia, is now in Washington, D.C. trying to keep his career going despite his increasing problems with alcohol. When the teen daughter of a federal judge is found dead in an alley in the bad neighborhood where she was taking dance classes theories abound  tied to the judge's cases and political ambitions. Sully doesn’t buy the easy solution that leads to the arrest of three black youths who had been harassing  the victim just before her death especially after the body of another young woman is found in the cellar of a nearby building. In Sully’s quest for the truth, it appears he may have stumbled across the trail of a serial killer. Tucker captures the end of an era as the 20th century and old style investigative reporting head to their ends in this suspenseful debut novel.

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