Out of the Blues

Out of the Blues

Book - 2016
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"A fresh, gritty debut. Boyce unveils one of the best new series characters in ages. . . A book that combines fast-paced suspense with moving insights."--#1 New York Times -bestselling author Lisa Gardner

From an author with more than thirty years' experience in the Atlanta Police Department comes a riveting procedural debut introducing an unforgettable heroine.

On her first day as a newly minted homicide detective, Sarah "Salt" Alt is given the cold-case murder of a blues musician whose death was originally ruled an accidental drug overdose. Now new evidence has come to light that he may have been given a hot dose intentionally. And this evidence comes from a convicted felon hoping to trade his knowledge for shortened prison time . . . a man who Salt herself put behind bars.

In a search that will take her into the depths of Atlanta's buried wounds--among the city's homeless, its politically powerful churches, commerce and industry, and the police department itself--Salt probes her way toward the truth in a case that has more at stake than she ever could have imagined. At once a vivid procedural and a penetrating examination of what it means to be cop, Out of the Blues is a remarkable crime debut.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnams' Sons, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399167263
0399167269
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: BOYCE, T

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ApollosRaven
Sep 23, 2016

Sarah Alt ("Salt") has just been promoted to Atlanta's homicide unit. after years of work in and around "The Homes" - one of Atlanta's poorest, most drug-ridden communities. Her first assignment is to work a cold case whose victim was a young blues musician, now rumored to have been given a "hot dose" of heroin. Salt soon finds herself back in the old neighborhood and finding links between the cold case and a current double homicide. The author, a former Atlanta police officer, has a great ear for Southern dialog and offers memorable depictions of Atlanta's blues scene, homeless hangouts, and lost souls. Cover quotes praising her style from Joseph Wambaugh, Lisa Gardner, and Margaret Maron. I hope Boyce continues the series - she's an author to watch.

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