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Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce
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Feb 23, 2016 | ISBN 9780399167263

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“What’s this? A female cop who doesn’t look like a runway model and doesn’t go mano a mano with psychotic killers?  Trudy Nan Boyce may be a first-time author, but she was in law enforcement for more than 30 years, which should explain why the stationhouse personnel and forensic details in Out of the Blues feel so authentic.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Exceptional . . . I figured authenticity would thrum from the dialogue, reality would pulse from the plot and the blues would be the narrative’s soundtrack. I was correct on all counts.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Out of the Blues introduces an appealing character, Detective Sarah Alt [“Salt”] . . . Atlanta locales and history are a recurring element in the narrative and a pleasant feature of the book [and] Boyce describes these places with colorful clarity. . . Salt’s next sleuthing adventure should be much anticipated.”—Associated Press

“Boyce was a beat cop, homicide detective, hostage negotiator and lieutenant in Atlanta before retiring in 2008. She knows policing. She writes with intensity and flair and wit. This combination has resulted in an irresistible procedural with a winning protagonist. And the bonus, the lagniappe, is the seductive way Boyce writes about music, particularly the blues.”—Shelf Awareness

“A fresh, gritty debut. Boyce unveils one of the best new series characters in ages, an Atlanta detective with a haunting past but complete dedication to working the streets.  A book that combines fast-paced suspense with moving insights.”—#1 New York Times-bestselling author Lisa Gardner

“Boyce has a season’s veteran’s way of creative irresistible characters . . . Out of the Blues is filled with authentic details about police work.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Less whodunit than odyssey, as Salt—clearly bent . . . on fixing the world one sociopath at a time—navigates anti-woman prejudice in her unit, anti-cop sentiment in her hometown, and the steaming corruption that reaches from Atlanta’s lower depths to its very top.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Salt’s character combines quick intelligence and a refreshing, confident humanity that wins allies from all walks of life, and Boyce’s fluid southern voice is an alluring contrast to the stark realities she skillfully evokes.”—Booklist

“[A] moody, character-driven series debut.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Out of the Blues takes the reader for an exciting ride through old Atlanta with brand new homicide detective, Sarah Alt, aka “Salt” as our guide.  Salt is brave and imaginative, salty and sweet, and her creator—former Atlanta homicide detective, Trudy Nan Boyce—uses her impressive descriptive power to make our ride colorful, gothic, and irresistibly Southern.”—#1 New York Times-bestselling author Joseph Wambaugh

“There’s a new star in crime fiction . . . Boyce explores the dark underbelly of Atlanta in her excellent procedural. . . . [A] stunning debut.”—RT Book Reviews

Out of the Blues is a stunning debut.  Trudy Boyce’s background in law enforcement is on vivid display, and she writes with passion, heart, and a powerful no-holds-barred voice you won’t soon forget.”—Linda Castillo, New York Times-bestselling author of After the Storm

“Grit, heart, smarts, and authenticity—Detective Sarah Alt has them, and so does Out of the Blues. A terrific mystery by talented newcomer Trudy Nan Boyce.” —Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award–winning author of Phantom Instinct
“As a former cop on the seedier and more dangerous streets of Atlanta, Trudy Nan Boyce has probably seen it all, and she shares it with us in this compelling debut novel. Salt is both gutsy and contemplative, and when her ‘cold’ case heats up, she’s ready for the challenge.” —Margaret Maron, award-winning author of Designated Daughters


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