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Publisher's Summary

From author Trudy Nan Boyce, whose police procedural debut was hailed as "authentic" (NYTBR) and "exceptional" (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), returns with a stunning prequel to the Detective Salt series, the story behind the case that earned Salt her promotion to homicide.

At the beginning of her career, Sarah "Salt" Alt was a beat cop in Atlanta's poorest, most violent housing project, The Homes. It is here that she meets the cast of misfits and criminals that will have a profound impact on her later cases: Man Man, the leader of the local gang on his way to better places; street dealer Lil D and his family; and Sister Connelly, old and observant, the matriarch of the neighborhood. A lone patrolwoman, Salt's closest lifeline is her friend and colleague Pepper, on his own beat nearby. And when a murder in The Homes brings detectives to the scene, Salt draws closer to Detective Wills, initiating a romance complicated by their positions on the force.

When Salt is shot and sustains a head injury during a routine traffic stop, the resulting visions begin leading her toward answers in the case that makes her career. This is the tale of a woman who solves crimes through a combination of keen observation, grunt work, and pure gut instinct; this is the making of Detective Salt.

©2018 Trudy Nan Boyce (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Captivating...Introduces a cast of multidimensional characters that bring the gritty neighborhood to life.... This taut, authentic depiction of life as a female beat cop will resonate with crime fiction fans." (Publishers Weekly)

"Former Atlanta police officer Boyce vividly captures the toll that working such a beat takes as she fleshes out Salt, with her imperfections, humanity, and strong moral sense. A worthy addition to a gritty, compelling series." (Booklist)

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Not good, big disappointment

I’m sorry but this was the first book I had that I personally didn’t like. The story seemed to be all over the place I didn’t like how in the parts of developing the scene/story she would back track on to something else retaining to the characters that really could have done without it way to much and I was bored. Keep the story moving stop with so much back story, like the red high heals just ridiculous. Terrible story of a cop that’s way to involve of a place she has no clue how to live in.