When Billy Ellison, the son of Washington, DC's most influential African American family, is found dead in the Potomac near a violent drug haven, veteran metro reporter Sully Carter knows it's time to start asking some serious questions - no matter what the consequences. With the police unable to find a lead and pressure mounting for Sully to abandon the investigation, he has a hunch that there is more to the case than a drug deal gone bad or a tale of family misfortune. Digging deeper, Sully finds that the real story stretches far beyond Billy and into DC's most prominent social circles. An alcoholic still haunted from his years as a war correspondent in Bosnia, Sully now must strike a dangerous balance between DC's two extremes - the city's violent, desperate back streets and its highest corridors of power - while threatened by those who will stop at nothing to keep him from discovering the shocking truth. The follow-up to last year's acclaimed The Ways of the Dead, this gritty mystery showcases Tucker's talent for spot-on dialogue, authentic characters, and complex narrative.
©2015 Neely Tucker (P)2015 Recorded Books
Really enjoyed this book. Much of it took place in my neighborhood of SW DC. The research about the neighborhoods was really great. School names, rib joints, old dance clubs, all sorts of details right in place. I learned some of the backstory of DC that is not well-covered in history books. Ever heard of "red summer?"
Very insightful about class distinctions among African-Americans in DC and elsewhere and about how class, wealth and political connections affect whether a murder is a back (or no page ) story or a front page above-the-fold epic. Deals also with the effect of the ever-encroaching gentrification in this town. I'm typically not a murder mystery fan, but this is about urban sociology.
Mr. Tucker is very, very good. I read his first book in this, series, the Ways of the Dead. Hope "Sully" will be back real soon.
I also enjoyed the reader. This was my first audio book & I stayed up past 3am to listen to the end of it. The only problem for me is that the audiobook slowed my old iPad to a crawl. Next 1 I buy will have more storage.
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