True Detective meets House of Cards in the electrifying first novel of a new crime series from a veteran Washington, D.C. reporter.
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.
Neely Tucker's journalism career spans more than 25 years, including 14 at the Washington Post (where he still works) and eight as a foreign correspondent.
"The Ways of the Dead is a great read. Deep characters, pitch perfect dialogue and a plot with as many curves as the Rock Creek Parkway as it moves through the side of Washington DC far away from the Smithsonian. Neely Tucker takes this novel up an even further notch with a story framed around the hot button issues of our time, including race, justice and the media. If this is Tucker's first novel, I can't wait for what's coming next." (Michael Connelly)
"From the powerful opening to the shocking finale, The Ways of the Dead delivers the very best in gritty, hard-edged suspense. Complex characters, taut dialogue, and a riveting plot all add up to one extremely excellent novel." (Lisa Gardner)
"Tough, exciting, always intelligent, Neely Tucker's The Ways of the Dead captures the multi-layered corruption and cynicism - and the edge-of-the-ledge danger - of a hard-nosed former war reporter digging out a serial killer in the backstreets of Washington, D.C." (John Sandford)
"The Ways of The Dead has everything you'd want from a book noir - enveloping atmosphere, flavorful characters, evocative writing, and a serpentine plot which seems to make the pages turn themselves. Neely Tucker is an impressive new talent." (Richard North Patterson)
"Along with an ear for inner-city argot almost as finely tuned as those of Elmore Leonard and fellow D.C. crime writer George Pelacanos, Tucker has a knack for ingenious plotting that jolts his narrative into unexpected directions ... rich yet taut description, edgy storytelling, rock-and-rolling dialogue, and a deeply flawed but compelling hero add up to a luminous first novel." (Kirkus)
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Debut Novel? Awesome!
Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and have downloaded Neely's next book. I can't believe this is a debut novel. It's great.
The story is believable, the characters are well fleshed-out and the suspense is well held.
No, but his accents and character differentiation are brilliant.
This is a really well-written crime novel, more focused on characters and plot, than on blood and gore. Highly recommended
- G P Forde