From an author with more than thirty years' experience in the Atlanta Police Department comes a riveting procedural debut introducing an unforgettable heroine. Read more...
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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-14
- Reviewer: Staff
Boyce draws on her experience as a retired Atlanta police officer for her uneven debut, which features Sarah Salt Alt, an Atlanta native and newly promoted homicide detective. Her first case is the decade-old drug overdose of blues musician Mike Anderson, reopened thanks to a tip from a convicted felon imprisoned for attacking Salt. Her investigation quickly ruffles feathers in the department as she alienates a powerful local pastor, who employs off-duty cops as security guards. A sometimes-choppy narrative, chronological inconsistencies, and a heroine too good to be truethe beautiful Salt is respected by the gang in the housing project she used to patrol, haunted by her cop fathers suicide, adept at aikido, and dating a fellow detective, plus she manages to solve several high-profile homicides in the course of her first caseare balanced by Boyces clear passion for Atlantas people, culture, landscape, and history. Appreciation for the blues, along with magic realist elements related to the hellhound legend, add dimension to the plot. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Associates. (Feb.)