21 July 2015

Today's Read & Giveaway: Murder, D.C. by Neely Tucker

Murder, D.C. by Neely TuckerSuppose you're a veteran reporter and no stranger to violence and you've come across a murder in the most dangerous section of a dangerous city. Why would yet another murder of yet another young black man in Frenchman's Bend catch your attention? Journalist Sully Carter wonders why no one seems to want to solve the crime, especially given that the victim is in fact not a homeless druggie but the only son of a rich and powerful Washington, D.C. family.

Sully Carter had a pleasant little bourbon buzz going. It was a fine afternoon in the first spring of the twenty-first century. He'd been out on a fast boat in the Washington Channel, taking in the sunshine and the brisk spring breeze and the view of the dead body being pulled from the water. It was all pretty cool and mellow until he decided to go over to Frenchman's Bend and see if that's where the guy got popped.
Murder, D.C. by Neely Tucker (Penguin Random House / Viking Books, 2015, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Washington, D.C., modern times
  • Circumstances: Sully Carter, stuck Stateside after a major run-in with a hand grenade in Bosnia, is looking for a story that will help him regain some self-respect. What looks to be a basic drug-related murder quickly hints at political and racial origins. Sully is stopped at every turn, but is determined to find his way through the maze of facts and rumors.
  • Characters: Sully, a war-zone reporter now on the crime beat; Alexis, a war-zone photographer and Sully's casual love interest and professional colleague; William (Billy) Sanders Ellison, the 21-year-old victim; Ellison's mother; various lawyers and politicians; various police officers and detectives; various newspaper people
  • Genre: murder mystery; journalist's perspective
  • Themes: race, class, PTSS, murder, politics
  • What I think so far: Sully is a great character; I like his NOLA/Cajun background and his wise-cracking way of speaking. The oddness of the victim's family situation is intriguing. I like the scenes in the newspaper office. The writing is colorful and descriptive, and the city itself is plays a huge role in the novel.
  • Things to know: This book is the second in a series (the first is The Ways of the Dead), but I haven't felt lost at all. Like his protagonist, the author was a foreign correspondent who is now on staff at the Washington Post, and his real-life background brings an authenticity to Sully's character and to the setting.
  • Bonus teaser: Alexis wants to know why Sully isn't on tap for an immediate return to an overseas assignment:
". . . I don't get to go back to another posting just because I want to. I'd have to convince them."

"Why would they need convincing?"

"Word is I got a drinking and attitude problem."

"This is new?"

"They seem to be taking it hard." (p. 29)
The Way of the Dead by Neely TuckerThe Giveaway

Thanks to Viking Books, I can offer one of my readers with a U.S. mailing address not only a copy of Neely Tucker's Murder, D.C. but also a paperback copy of  his first Sully book, The Ways of the Dead. That's right, one of my readers will win two Sully books by Tucker. All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win is to have a U.S. mailing address and to fill out the form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on July 30. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll erase all personal information from my computer. Good luck!


rhapsodyinbooks 7/21/15, 7:16 AM  

I read both books in the series; they are very good!

Harvee 7/21/15, 7:30 AM  

Sounds like an intense thriller!

Kim@Time2Read 7/21/15, 8:15 AM  

Now I"m wondering the same thing....why is no one looking into this?
I've never read any of these, but at least five of them are on my list. I'd forgotten all about 'Back Channel'.
Today I'm featuring Orphan #8

Unknown 7/21/15, 8:28 AM  

Good teaser!

Do you like books with dogs? Here’s my teaser from a mystery that I really enjoyed. Funny, fast moving and engaging: http://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-dog-tags/

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 7/21/15, 8:39 AM  

I think this one sounds exciting! I'd keep reading...

Kay 7/21/15, 8:43 AM  

I'm in. I think the new book sounds very interesting and I'm trying to remember if I heard about the previous one. Probably. And have just forgotten. Nice to get interested in a series very early on.

bermudaonion 7/21/15, 8:50 AM  

Sully sounds like a great character. Thanks for the giveaway!

Emma Litttlefield 7/21/15, 10:10 AM  

I like the sound of this. Plus I lived in DC for 10 years so always like reading about the city.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 7/21/15, 10:12 AM  

Sounds like a great series--don't know how I missed it. Off to get the first book...

Kathy Martin 7/21/15, 10:15 AM  

This one sounds really good. I think I'd like the main character. My teaser this week comes from the urban fantasy Magic Lost Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin. Happy reading!

Alice Audrey 7/21/15, 10:40 AM  

That's a quick way to get pulled into a case. Great teaser!

Mine's here: http://www.aliceaudrey.com/?p=12749

Suzie Quint 7/21/15, 10:52 AM  

Sounds like a well written story and I like the sound of the character's voice.

Literary Feline 7/21/15, 11:03 AM  

I enjoy a good story featuring a hardened reporter. This sounds like a good one!

Laurel-Rain Snow 7/21/15, 11:22 AM  

You had me at journalist, and I am also drawn into the setting. Plus, the characters sound intriguing. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Juli Rahel 7/21/15, 1:26 PM  

I can't quite see how an afternoon where you saw a corpse dragged out of the water could be described as 'mellow' but I definitely like the sound of this one! Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a great week!
Juli @ Universe in Words

grammajudyb 7/21/15, 1:36 PM  

I like a good mystery. And one set in DC, that's even better. I'm adding this one to my list.

JoAnn 7/21/15, 3:32 PM  

Love the DC setting and Sully seems like a great character. I'd definitely keep reading!

Anonymous,  7/21/15, 3:46 PM  

Thanks! for the give-a-way, love thrillers.

Cleopatra Loves Books 7/21/15, 4:09 PM  

Ooh I do like the sound of this one.

Margot 7/21/15, 6:56 PM  

One paragraph and a teaser and I already like this guy. He's a little sarcastic and a little irreverent of the powers-that-be. I also like the journalist-crime-beat aspect of the story. Throw in D.C, and I have to read this one or maybe two.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 7/21/15, 7:39 PM  

I'd have to start with the first book but seems like it might be good.

Unknown 7/21/15, 9:23 PM  

I haven't heard of this series, but I'm always looking for a new thriller/mystery series.

(Diane) bookchickdi 7/21/15, 10:00 PM  

I love the bonus teaser, Sully sounds like a great character.

Monica's Bookish Life 7/22/15, 7:54 PM  

This sounds like a great series. I agree with Diane that Sully sounds like a great character. I'd keep reading!

Daryl 7/25/15, 7:30 AM  

another good series ... i will be checking it out tho i hope i win so i dont have to buy :)

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