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The Ways of the Dead

the ways of the dead
Series: Sully Carter #1 ISBN: 9780670016587
Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Viking
Publication Date: 6/12/14
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 Stars
The electrifying first novel in a new crime series from a veteran Washington, D.C., reporter!
Sarah Reese, the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington, D.C. judge, is dead, her body discovered in a slum in the shadow of the Capitol.
Though the police promptly arrest three local black kids, newspaper reporter Sully Carter suspects there’s more to the case. Reese’s slaying might be related to a string of cold cases the police barely investigated, among them the recent disappearance of a gorgeous university student.
A journalist brought home from war-torn Bosnia and hobbled by loss, rage, and alcohol, Sully encounters a city rife with its own brand of treachery and intrigue. Weaving through D.C.’s broad avenues and shady backstreets on his Ducati 916 motorcycle, Sully comes to know not just the city’s pristine monuments of power but the blighted neighborhoods beyond the reach of the Metro. With the city clamoring for a conviction, Sully pursues the truth about the murders—all against pressure from government officials, police brass, suspicious locals, and even his own bosses at the paper.
A wry, street-smart hero with a serious authority problem, Sully delves into a deeply layered mystery, revealing vivid portraits of the nation’s capital from the highest corridors of power to D.C.’s seedy underbelly, where violence and corruption reign supreme—and where Sully must confront the back-breaking line between what you think and what you know, and what you know and what you can print. Inspired by the real-life 1990s Princeton Place murders and set in the last glory days of the American newspaper, The Ways of the Dead is a wickedly entertaining story of race, crime, the law, and the power of the media. Neely Tucker delivers a flawless rendering of a fast-paced, scoop-driven newsroom—investigative journalism at its grittiest.

My Review

A special thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Viking and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Neely Tucker draws heavily on his two decades reporting on crime and conflict from around the globe to create Sully Carter, and this exciting new crime thriller series from Washington DC reporter. THE WAYS OF THE DEAD, is a wickedly entertaining, fast-paced, and suspenseful debut novel of— race, crime, corrupt law, and the power of the media.
Sarah Reese, is the white teenage daughter of a prominent and powerful judge, and is found murdered behind a convenience store in Washington, DC. Three young black guys are fingered for the murder; however, as it goes, not the real murders.
Sully, Mississippi southern veteran reporter, is covering the case. He is also former Bosnian war correspondent and suffers from PTSD, alcoholism, and rage— an investigative reporter, he still knows how to go behind enemy lines. From shady backstreets, Sully pursues the truth about the murders, against all odds and pressure from officials, his boss at the paper, the editors, cops and locals.
I loved this tough street smart journalist on his motorcycle, as he uncovers this mystery where violence and corruption lives on the back dark streets of Washington, DC.
Inspired by the real life 1990’s Princeton Place murders, THE WAYS OF THE DEAD, is a novel and series all crime enthusiasts and investigative reporters will devour!
Tucker’s passion and knowledge of the storyline and his journalism career of twenty-five years, with fourteen spent at The Washington Post-- reflective throughout the pages for a kick-ass novel, and will have readers anxiously awaiting the next book in this suspense series!
Well done. Can’t wait for the next installment!

Murder DC

Murder D.C

Series: Sully Carter #2

By: Neely Tucker

ISBN: 9780670016594

Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Viking

Publication Date: 6/30/2015

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars

Washington, D.C., reporter Sully Carter returns in a thrilling murder mystery of race, wealth, and corruption, by the author of The Ways of the Dead. Read More

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