The Ways of the Dead

Neely Tucker. Viking, $27.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-670-01658-7
Foreign correspondent Tucker (Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir) uses the real-life Princeton Place murders in Washington, D.C., during the 1990s as background for his exciting fiction debut. The murder of Sarah Reese, the 15-year-old daughter of a politically connected Washington judge, turns unwanted attention to the predominately black neighborhood where she was killed. But newspaper reporter Sully Carter sees a larger story about several missing area women and a murdered prostitute. Sully turns to neighborhood crime boss Sly Hastings for help when politicians, the police, and his own editors don’t care about these cold cases, which he believes are linked to the teenager’s death. The quick arrest of three young black men for Sarah’s murder makes Sully suspicious. The brisk plot is punctuated by an insightful view of journalism and manipulative editors, shady politicians, and apathetic cops, while also showing residents working to create a better neighborhood. Readers will be pleased that Tucker leaves room for a sequel. Agent: Elyse Cheney, Elyse Cheney Literary Associates. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/14/2014
Release date: 06/12/2014
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 487 pages - 978-1-4104-7319-6
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