Neely Tucker
Murder, D.C.
March 16, 2019 Comments.. 424
Murder D C The test of a crime series is its main character and Sully is someone we ll want to read about again and again When the murder victim in the novel is identified as the young scion of one of the city

  • Title: Murder, D.C.
  • Author: Neely Tucker
  • ISBN: 9780670016594
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The test of a crime series is its main character, and Sully is someone we ll want to read about again and again When the murder victim in the novel is identified as the young scion of one of the city s most wealthy and influential African American families, the story expands its themes of race and class, which lend it dimension Lisa Scottoline, The Washington Po The test of a crime series is its main character, and Sully is someone we ll want to read about again and again When the murder victim in the novel is identified as the young scion of one of the city s most wealthy and influential African American families, the story expands its themes of race and class, which lend it dimension Lisa Scottoline, The Washington PostReporter Sully Carter returns in a thrilling murder mystery of race, wealth, and family secrets When Billy Ellison, the son of Washington, D.C s most influential African American family, is found dead in the Potomac near a violent drug haven, reporter Sully Carter knows it s time to start asking some serious questions no matter what the consequences With the police unable to find a lead and pressure mounting for Sully to abandon the investigation, he has a hunch that there is to the case than a drug deal gone bad or a tale of family misfortune Riding the city s backstreets on his Ducati 916, Sully finds that the real story stretches far beyond Billy and into D.C s most prominent social circles A hard drinker still haunted by his years as a war correspondent in Bosnia, Sully now must strike a dangerous balance between D.C s two extremes the city s violent, depraved projects and its highest corridors of power while threatened by those who will stop at nothing to keep him from discovering the shocking truth The only person he can trust is his old friend Alexis, a talented photographer and fellow war zone junkie, who is as sexy as she is fearless, but even Alexis can t protect Sully from everyone who would rather he give up the story Following the acclaimed first Sully Carter novel, The Ways of the Dead, this gritty mystery digs deeper into Sully s past while revealing how long held secrets can destroy even the most powerful families.

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    1. Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'? says:

      Sully Carter is a journalist in Washington, D.C. When he starts to investigate the murder of Billy Ellison, the son of a prominent African American family in the area, he finds out a lot more information then he had planned to. With so many questions about this death and curious circumstances about talking to the family about it, Sully is determined to get to the truth, even if his own life may hang in the balance because of it. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Viking for the opportunity to re [...]

    2. Richard says:

      The big, life-changing discovery for me this year is that I'm not that big a fan of standard investigative books. For me to truly enjoy a mystery novel, there needs to be something more than just a detective (or in this case, a journalist), walking around questioning people for 250 pages and then solving a mystery at the end. There needs to be something else to keep my interest. It seems like the only thing close to standard detective stories that I'm enjoying presently are Lawrence Block's Matt [...]

    3. Veronica says:

      "This was how your day went south without even trying."When a relaxing lunch with some fellow news folks results in a high profile death landing in the lap of one Sullivan "Sully" Carter, the result is a story that is a worthy follow-up to the first book in the series. I like Sully and his brand of tenacious, investigative journalism. Though he has some serious baggage that manifests itself in some pretty major flaws, there is a glimmer of hope that Sully may finally be ready to address some of [...]

    4. Debbie says:

      What a great series and what a great book. I think the second one is better than the first which to me means, we got us a real author here. And I'm pretty sure he's only going to get better. I love the main character, of course he's a boozer, but he has been reporting on the war for years. I love his little smart ass comments which made me laugh out loud several times. Poor guy does seem to get beat up a lot, but when your dealing with the lowest forms of humans on earth you have to expect that. [...]

    5. Michael says:

      So, in the interest of full disclosure, Neely Tucker is a friend of mine of longstanding. And not just a casual acquaintance. I was there when the police came and shut down his wedding reception. I've fallen asleep on his sofa while watching college football. And we have traded good-natured insults while enjoying a bourbon or few in the gloaming of the evening. That said, he surprised me with this book. I actually found his first novel, The Ways of the Dead, a bit slow at first and had to put it [...]

    6. Bonnie says:

      Exceptional book, kept me glued to the pages! Author, Neely Tucker, is a staff reporter at The Washington Post. This story features Sully Carter, also a reporter, still haunted by his years as a war correspondent in Bosnia. He had been having lunch with Dave Roberts from WCJT when Dave got a call that tourists sightseeing from a boat, had reported seeing a body floating in the river. The floater was Billy Ellison, son of D.C.’s most influential socialite, Delores Ellison, whose family was the [...]

    7. nomadreader (Carrie D-L) says:

      The basics: Murder, D.C. picks up shortly after the events of The Ways of the Dead (one of my favorite reads of 2014), and it contains some spoilers from that novel. Here, Billy Ellison, the only son of DC's most influential black family is found dead in Frenchman's Bend, an unsavory part of town with deep historical roots. Veteran journalist and former war correspondent Sully Carter uses his connections to solve the crime and write the story.The verdict: Murder, D.C. cements Neely Tucker as a n [...]

    8. Suzanne says:

      I confess: I find these Sully Carter investigative-murder, DC 1999-2000 books completely addictive. The kind of books you start reading the minute you get your hands on them all the while knowing that you won't want to finish them because then you'll be waiting, craving another. So, if that doesn't describe addiction, what does? Neely Tucker uses the setting as another character in the book, and the Washington DC he describes is overly ripe. Politics, graft, murder, guns, drugs, and poverty are [...]

    9. Carol says:

      Totally amazing climax!! The book is intriguing with a variety of characters. They are believable, very well defined, engaging and quirky. Each one is colorful in their own way. This is a riveting, historical fiction read. It blends the smuggling and selling of early slavery from the South to the Washington,DC area with the harsh reality of current day issues involving murder, guns, drugs, poverty, alcoholism, greed, deceit,betrayals, viciousness, improper use of power plus a touch oftrust and r [...]

    10. Melody Schreiber says:

      !!!!!!!Tucker is one of the best writers in DC. This series is like The Wire, but set in DC; like Pelecanos, but better writing and more complex characters.

    11. Judy Collins says:

      A special thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Viking and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Neely Tucker returns with vigor, with his latest, MURDER, D.C.(Sully Carter #2), following the intense The Ways of the Dead (Sully Carter #1),a street-smart, fearless crime investigative reporter, who has been in war zones, now finds himself digging up connections in the underbellies of the drug world to solve a case.Sully unravels deep dark secrets, racial injustice, slavery, and corruption -al [...]

    12. Chris says:

      It would be hard to match the level of the first book in this series, but the second entry takes a good run at doing so. This is a solid hard-boiled crime story featuring both the real and fictional mean streets of Washington, D.C a few history lessons and the return of the fearless, complex and all-too-human protagonist featured the last time around. I will look forward to reading more from this author.

    13. Jill says:

      This story, set in 2000, takes place in fictional “Frenchman’s Bend” in Southwest D.C. (At the point where the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers intersect, there is indeed a “bend” if not one called as such in real life.) Right at the geographical bend, the author situates a blighted drug park, full of “brown dirt and weeds too dumb to die and scraps of paper and brightly colored plastic bags, trash flitting across the scrub.” Thus we are introduced to a recurring theme of Tucker’s: t [...]

    14. Raven says:

      Do you miss The Wire? Does the wait for the next George Pelecanos novel seem endless? Neely Tucker is a welcome find that will comfortably fill the void. His first thriller The Ways of the Dead featured veteran, war-scarred Washington reporter Sully Carter and was well received. Now the author builds on his growing reputation with Murder DC, transporting us once again to the less than savoury side of America’s seat of political power.The book opens with the discovery Billy Ellison’s body in [...]

    15. Luanne Ollivier says:

      Neely Tucker's debut novel, Ways of the Dead, introduced us to reporter Sully Carter. I really enjoyed Tucker's first book and was looking forward to his just released second novel - Murder, D.C.Sully knows there's more to the story when Billy Ellison, son of one of Washington's most wealthy, influential and revered black families, is found dead in a park known for gang and drug activity. Repeatedly warned off by his newspaper, Billy's family and the local gangs, Sully is like a dog with a bone [...]

    16. Nancy says:

      For more nitty-gritty city crime, check out Neely Tucker's Murder D.C. (Viking, digital galley), set in the nation's capital. In Tucker's follow-up to The Ways of the Dead, metro reporter Sully Carter's investigation into an apparent drug-related death has him dealing with low-life power wielders and high-up power brokers. Street-smart dialogue and details boost a plot complicated by race, class and moneyom On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever

    17. Dave says:

      I have read and loved the first Sully Carter book, so I looked forward to reading this next one, 'Murder D.C.' I found it harder to get into. The first half was slow-moving, and I found myself not caring much about any of the characters. The story revolved around the death of a young, black student from a prominent family and the location where his body was found, one of the worst in D.C. I considered quitting the book, because I wasn't getting much enjoyment from it. Fortunately, my stubbornnes [...]

    18. Robert says:

      I really liked the first installment in this fine series. The second just seemed to do that and a bit more. The main character, Sully Carter, is a reporter with a past that likes to dig into the underbelly of Washington D.C. like no other. He likes to lay it out on the table and stink like the swamp the city is built upon. So a Washington elites son is found floating in the canal, this sets up all kinds of fun goings on. I really love how Carter does not back down when pushed against the wall an [...]

    19. Julie Johnson says:

      The back story of St E's, the ice pick lobotomies and all, chilling

    20. Jenny says:

      The son of a well known black family is found murdered in an abandoned piece of land between Baltimore and Washington DC. A determined reporter follows the story, trying to how and why he died. His search takes him through a gang war in the projects and the history of slave trading in the area. Ultimately, after multiple murders, the truth comes out, about 50 pages after I guessed the outcome.A good book which provides a unique perspective on the intersection of contemporary and historic decay i [...]

    21. Jon says:

      Loved it! Great pacing, fantastic thriller aspect. Sully Carter is a fantastic character; flawed but has a heart! I'll definitely be reading the next installment.

    22. Steve Aldous says:

      This is Neely Tucker’s second novel to feature Washington reporter, Sully Carter. Carter is an ex-war correspondent used to the horrors of violence now working on the mean streets of the capital. I haven’t read the first in the series, The Ways of the Dead, but this did not matter as the plot here is standalone and there is little reference to the earlier novel. Tucker is a reporter himself, working at The Washington Post, and his experience and knowledge of the industry comes through strong [...]

    23. Cheryl says:

      I won this in a GoodReads Giveaway and it was a nice surprise, both winning it and how much I enjoyed it!The book starts with semi-buzzed reporter Sully Carter going into gang territory in Washington D.C. to look for a spot where a young man from a prominent black family was apparently murdered. He immediately has a run in with some gang members and the story proceeds from there. The more that people tell Sully to leave the story alone, the more determined he is to find out who committed this mu [...]

    24. Corey O'reilly says:

      I received an ARC of the book in exchange for a review. Overall I liked the story itself, and thought that the different paths that the main character went through led to a fine conclusion to the murder/mystery. I would've rated this higher but I found some parts of the book getting tediously too detailed, and that it sometimes felt like the author was holding my hand as he explained everything, instead of giving the reader any ability to imagine things on their own, and especially think about t [...]

    25. Resalo says:

      This was just an OK follow-up to the 1st book by Neely Tucker (Ways of the Dead). Anchored in gritty sections of DC, investigative reporter Sully Carter is a reckless but endearing main character. Murder DC follows the discovery a a young man's body found floating in the water near a notorious section of town known for drug deals and violent murders. Although assumed that this is another drug deal gone bad, it soon becomes apparent that the victim is a young gay black college student who hails f [...]

    26. Gene Meyer says:

      A compelling page turner with interesting characters and surprising plot twists. Tucker places us smack in the middle of the real DC and old-fashioned shoe leather journalism. The setting and the details ring so true, it's difficult to believe that this is a novel and not literary non-fiction. A compelling page turner with interesting characters and surprising plot twists. Tucker places us smack in the middle of the real DC and old-fashioned shoe leather journalism. The setting and the details r [...]

    27. Lisa Robbins says:

      This was an interesting book following newspaper reporter Sully Carter as he searches for information about the death of a rich college kid found near a known drug area of DC. The family is uncooperative and seems to be hiding something. The more Sully digs, the more he discovers about the dark past of both DC and the wealthy family the young man was a part of.The main characters in this were well written and interesting. I received a free advanced copy of this book from Penguin’s First to Rea [...]

    28. Drw says:

      When an author spends page after page describing the minutia of a killing or a make-believe park but barely a paragraph on the events that allow you to figure out the mystery - it's a cheat of a mystery.Plus, while an author has a total right to do this - it bugs the heck out of me when geographic and historic details are mangled and misrepresented. This entire book takes events from recent and long-past history mushes them all together and puts them in the wrong places. It just took me away fro [...]

    29. March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room says:

      REVIEW: MURDER DC by Neely TuckerIn the second installment of the Sully Carter, the intrepid former war correspondent starts with the springboard of a floating corpse found in the river, to uncover a plethora of killings in a desolate area called Frenchman' s Bend, land soaked in blood and blood money--location of a 19th century slave market.As Sully digs further, it becomes apparent that the most recent death was only the tip of an iceberg of ugly secrets, two centuries of lies, concealment beh [...]

    30. Amy Thorleifson says:

      Set in D.C this second novel in the series featuring reporter Sully Carter opens when the body of a college student is found in the Bend, a notorious drug area of the city. From a wealthy and powerful black family, his mother seems more intent on covering up Billy's gay life style than in mourning the death of her only son. Using criminal contacts and unmindful of personal danger, Sully refuses to give up investigating the death and the sordid history of the Bend. Even when his newspaper's leade [...]

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