Neely Tucker: The Ways of the Dead

by Rachel Baker on April 30, 2014

I have just finished The Ways of the Dead, due to be out June 12, 2014. This is the first novel by Neely Tucker who is a veteran Washington, D.C., reporter.

There were a few editorial challenges, I thought, but all in all this is an exciting first novel. The story is inspired by an actual murder spree in the Washington, D.C., area during the early to mid 1990s.  I don’t know how much of the story was based on the murders at Princeton Place, but the story was pretty smooth and easy to read. The discerning reader will not find too many twists and turns, and probably won’t be surprised at the end. The main character, Sully Carter, was pretty cliche but well-written.

The most important part of this book is the underlying, unspoken story of all the women who are listed as missing or are murdered (or both) in a low-economic neighborhoods; and the lack of investigative attention that is awarded the case by police departments because of the “type of woman” she may have been. That’s the true merit of this book. As an aside: I hope in the final publication copy there will be an epilogue by the author about this in regards to his experience as a reporter in the D.C. area.

I think this would be a good beach read or something you pick up at the airport for a long trip.

Pre-order your copy of >Neely Tucker’s The Ways of the Dead here.

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