The Ways of the Dead, Neely Tucker

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The body of the teenage daughter of a powerful Federal judge is discovered in a dumpster in a bad neighbourhood of Washington, DC. It is murder, and the local police immediately arrest the three nearest black kids, bad boys from a notorious gang.

Sully Carter, a veteran war correspondent with emotional scars far worse than the ones on his body, suspects that there’s more to the case than the police would have the public know.

With the nation clamouring for a conviction, and the bereaved judge due for a court nomination, Sully pursues his own line of enquiry, in spite of some very dangerous people telling him to shut it down.

Publisher: Century, June 2014

Reviewer: Jen Kendell

Right from the start I loved this book – descriptions of the main characters were believable and got me hooked.  A real page turner and I read it really quickly, which was disappointing as I reached the end far too quickly!  A great first novel by Neely Tucker, and I will certainly be looking for the next one.

 

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