"An exciting first novel that echoes the best writing of Pete Hamill and George Pelecanos, mixed with bits of The Wire and True Detective."
—The Miami Herald
The electrifying first novel in a new crime series from a veteran Washington, D.C., reporter
Sarah Reese, the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington, D.C. judge, is dead, her body discovered in a slum in the shadow of the Capitol. Though the police promptly arrest three local black kids, newspaper reporter Sully Carter suspects there’s more to the case. Reese’s slaying might be related to a string of cold cases the police barely investigated, among them the recent disappearance of a gorgeous university student.
A journalist brought home from war-torn Bosnia and hobbled by loss, rage, and alcohol, Sully encounters a city rife with its own brand of treachery and intrigue. Weaving through D.C.’s broad avenues and shady backstreets on his Ducati 916 motorcycle, Sully comes to know not just the city’s pristine monuments of power but the blighted neighborhoods beyond the reach of the Metro. With the city clamoring for a conviction, Sully pursues the truth about the murders—all against pressure from government officials, police brass, suspicious locals, and even his own bosses at the paper.
A wry, street-smart hero with a serious authority problem, Sully delves into a deeply layered mystery, revealing vivid portraits of the nation’s capital from the highest corridors of power to D.C.’s seedy underbelly, where violence and corruption reign supreme—and where Sully must confront the back-breaking line between what you think and what you know, and what you know and what you can print. Inspired by the real-life 1990s Princeton Place murders and set in the last glory days of the American newspaper, The Ways of the Dead is a wickedly entertaining story of race, crime, the law, and the power of the media. Neely Tucker delivers a flawless rendering of a fast-paced, scoop-driven newsroom—investigative journalism at its grittiest.
|Series:||Sully Carter Series , #1|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
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A special thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Viking and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Neely Tucker draws heavily on his two decades reporting on crime and conflict from around the globe to create Sully Carter, and this exciting new crime thriller series from Washington DC reporter. THE WAYS OF THE DEAD, is a wickedly entertaining, fast-paced, and suspenseful debut novel of— race, crime, corrupt law, and the power of the media. Sarah Reese, is the white teenage daughter of a prominent and powerful judge, and is found murdered behind a convenience store in Washington, DC. Three young black guys are fingered for the murder; however, as it goes, not the real murders. Sully, Mississippi southern veteran reporter, is covering the case. He is also former Bosnian war correspondent and suffers from PTSD, alcoholism, and rage— an investigative reporter, he still knows how to go behind enemy lines. From shady backstreets, Sully pursues the truth about the murders, against all odds and pressure from officials, his boss at the paper, the editors, cops and locals. I loved this tough street smart journalist on his motorcycle, as he uncovers this mystery where violence and corruption lives on the back dark streets of Washington, DC. Inspired by the real life 1990’s Princeton Place murders, THE WAYS OF THE DEAD, is a novel and series all crime enthusiasts and investigative reporters will devour! Tucker’s passion and knowledge of the storyline and his journalism career of twenty-five years, with fourteen spent at The Washington Post-- reflective throughout the pages for a kick-ass novel, and will have readers anxiously awaiting the next book in this suspense series! Well done. Can’t wait for the next installment!
Sully Carter is a newspaper reporter with a nose for the news. He also has a problem with alcohol and anger management after returning to Washington, D.C. after being stationed in Bosnia. He has seen much more than anyone could imagine. Sarah Reese is the teen-aged daughter of a D.C. judge. Her body is found behind a convenience store. Three young black men are arrested, although Sully has it on good authority that these kids were set up. When Sully investigates, he finds that there have been other young women found murdered in the same general area. Their cases were barely looked at. And someone doesn't want the truth printed. This is a very well written mystery that takes the reader from the alleys and streets to the reporter's desk. Violence and corruption are the co-stars in this book. As a journalistic reporter, Sully must pick apart what he thinks and what he knows to get to the real story... and it just might kill him. From Book Blurb: Inspired by the real-life 1990s Princeton Place murders and set in the last glory days of the American newspaper, The Ways of the Dead is a wickedly entertaining story of race, crime, the law, and the power of the media. Many thanks to the author and Goodreads Giveaways for an ARC.
Check out Kritters Ramblings for the full review Fiction based on truth gets me every time! Neely Tucker takes the true story of murders that occurred in DC and weaves them into a fictional tale. Sully, a journalist who has recently returned from war reporting is thrust back into city dramatics with the murder of a high ranking official's daughter. Although her murder looks isolated, Sully believes that it is one in a string and is out to prove it. The plot was perfect and the characters were fantastically portrayed. Sully interacted with the professionals at his paper and the characters on the street with ease and I felt the truth in it. I loved his myriad of sources and meeting them and getting not only the information for the murders, but to learn about them was fantastic.
Neely Tucker is a man to watch. With his debut novel, he flies out of the gate like a bronco and never once looks back. To say this book is fast paced, would be an insult to face pacing. Sadly, it's almost TOO fast. Having been a journalist for so many years, I can only surmise that his talents are eeking into his book. When you're in the newspaper business, space is at a premium. When you're in the authoring business, you're free to roam far and wide. I only wish that Mr. Tucker had roamed a little wider, because this book was really, really good. The characters - namely Sully and (the favorite) Sly - are so believable, I could see them clearly in my head from the first moment. Sly, the loveable criminal, is a perfect yang to Sully's yin. The interplay works, and works well. If you're a fan of hard-boiled crime novels, then this one is for you. If you loved 'The Wire', then this one is a MUST. Overall? A great read, with great structure, that went a little too fast. Really, that's my only complaint. I felt like there was more story to flesh out. But you know what? I have been talking with Mr. Tucker, and he let slip that a sequel is well along. Which is great - because I'm nowhere near ready to quit reading his work. Well done! - Heath D. Alberts
4.5/5 It's no secret that crime novels and thrillers are my favourite type of book to read. I'm always on the lookout for new authors in these genres . And it's always a good bet to see a blurb from one of my favourite authors. Such is the case with Neely Tucker's debut fiction novel The Ways of the Dead. "If this is Tucker's first novel, I can't wait for what's coming next." - Michael Connelly I love opening scenes that grab my attention right away and have me wondering what's next... 1999. Teenager Sarah Reese takes lessons from a celebrated dance instructor in Washington, DC. But the studio is on the wrong side of the tracks. And Sarah is in the wrong place at the wrong time..... Sarah's case garners lots of attention as her father is the Chief Judge of the Federal Court. And it catches the eye of reporter Sullivan Carter as well. But Sully sees a bigger picture - there's more to this story. And no one seems to want him to uncover it.... The best protagonists for crime books are the walking wounded, the ones who buck authority, the ones who just can't let things be or let justice go unserved. Sully Carter fills the bill on every count. He's battling PTSD, alcohol and anger issues, his bosses and manages to step on toes everywhere he goes. He's also a confidant of the one of DC's crimelords. Flawed but driven. Neely's dialogue is effortless and believable. The plotting was really, really good. Actual events in the 1990's were the inspiration behind the book. But Neely takes his novel in directions I didn't predict. (another big plus) Neely's background is rich and wide and varied. His own experience as a journalist is evident in his writing. Neely's descriptions of time and place were vivid and I had strong mental images of the streets and back alleys of the neighbourhood. The Ways of the Dead is gritty, grim and oh so good. I wholeheartedly agree with Michael Connelly's blurb - I too will be watching for the next book in this series.