Old Bones

Old Bones

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"A timely and penetrating mystery about the intersection of policing, racism, and the community--set in a city at its boiling point--from an author who's been in the trenches and seen it all. A senseless act of violence. During a vigil calling for police reform, students from Spelman College, a historically black women's institution, are assaulted by rifle fire from a passing vehicle. On her way to interview witnesses, Detective Sarah "Salt" Alt confronts the fleeing vehicle of the suspects, but they get away. A city in turmoil. While other detectives take the lead on the Spelman murders, Salt is tasked to investigate the case of a recently discovered decomposed body. When she combs through the missing-persons reports, it becomes clear the victim is a girl Salt took into custody two years before, and Salt feels a grave responsibility to learn the truth about how the girl died. But before she can pursue any leads, Salt is called onto emergency riot detail--in the wake of the assault on the Spelman students, Atlanta has reached the boiling point. In a city burdened by history and a community erupting in pain and anger, Salt must delve into the past for answers. A gripping and astute story about what it means to serve and protect, Old Bones solidifies Trudy Nan Boyce as an evocative, authoritative voice in crime fiction"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399167270
Call Number: BOYCE
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Alt, Sarah, (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Women detectives -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Police -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- Fiction.
Drive-by shootings -- Fiction.
African American women college students -- Fiction.
Atlanta (Ga.) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)


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Nov 10, 2019

I liked the first book well enough to try this one. I did try, honestly, but it could not hold my attention. Too many things are happening even without having to read about her dreams and memories flashbacks. Too many characters that pop up for a paragraph only to disappear for four or five chapters, then feature on a single page. If you don't know by the end of the second chapter who is involved with the murders, it is only because you have never read a detective story or mystery before.

Oct 05, 2017

Author Boyce is retired from 30 years on the job as an Atlanta police officer. I enjoyed the first book in this series, "Out of the Blue", and thought this one even better. Detective Sarah Alt ("Salt") and the Atlanta homicide unit find themselves in the middle of a political and emotional minefield when a drive-by shooter sets off violence.


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