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Old Bones

Book 2, A Detective Sarah Alt Novel

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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.

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 19, 2016 – During a Take Back the Night vigil at Atlanta's Spelman College (a predominately black women's college), shots ring out, killing one student and wounding 10, in Boyce's intense if flawed sequel to 2016's Out of the Blues. The suspects flee in an SUV marked with a Confederate flag, fueling the notion that this was a hate crime. Det. Sarah "Salt" Alt pursues the suspects' car, but they escape after firing shots at her vehicle. Later, Alt is called out to the discovery of a partially decomposed body, which is soon identified as 14-year-old Mary Marie McCloud. Alt feels a certain responsibility to Mary Marie, a girl she tried repeatedly to help during her days as a beat cop in the projects known as the Homes. Alt, who's in mandatory counseling for two recent use-of-force incidents, feels responsible for Mary Marie's death. Despite a scorching-hot plot, Boyce loads her tale with endless exposition; the flimsy characters aren't strong enough to support the thoughts and ideas she asks them to carry.

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Old Bones
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Feb 21, 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, A Detective Sarah Alt Novel
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