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Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker

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Racial hatred, local gangs, bad boys, corruption and cover-up, that’s the route of this debut novel the Americans are impressed by. It’s written in a colloquial style which takes a moment or two to get used to. You need to let it sing in your head. Our protagonist is a former war reporter, now local crime reporter. He is an engaging character who will no doubt carry through to further books.

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Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker

The Ways of the Dead is a great read. If this is Tucker's first novel, I can't wait for what's coming next . (Michael Connelly). 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.

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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

About the Author

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. His memoir, Love in the Driest Season, was one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2004.

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30th November 1999


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