RRR: Old Bones by Trudy Nan Boyce @TrudyNanBoyce @PutnamBooks @penguinrandom

Posted February 22, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 0 Comments

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RRR: Old Bones by Trudy Nan Boyce @TrudyNanBoyce @PutnamBooks @penguinrandomOld Bones by Trudy Nan Boyce
Series: Detective Sarah Alt #2
Published by GP Putnam's Sons on February 21, 2017
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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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.


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I read the first book, Out of the Blues, in the  Detective Sarah Alt series    a few years ago after seeing it and thinking it sounded different and interesting. It was and I liked it, but there weren’t any more books, and I sort of forgot about it. Recently, I saw the blurb on The Policeman’s Daughter (the third book) which I am reviewing later today. So I requested it and went to the library to find Old Bones.

The author actually worked in this field, so the stories are realistic. It’s gritty and complex, dark, where people get hurt and die. It is clear this work is dangerous and time-consuming.  In Out of the Blues, Salt has just been promoted off the beat to homicide detective.  Old Bones continues her growth both personally and professionally. I really enjoyed it quite a lot.

The Policeman’s Daughter was not what I expected. Stop back and see what I mean.


About Trudy Nan Boyce

Trudy Nan Boyce had a more-than-thirty-year career as a police officer for the City of Atlanta. She served as a beat cop, homicide detective, senior hostage negotiator, and lieutenant. Boyce retired from the police department in 2008 and still lives in Atlanta. Boyce also has a Ph.D. in community counseling.

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Posted February 22, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 0 Comments