What They’re Saying

Praise for Old Bones

“Former Atlanta police officer Boyce presents a vivid, unflinching view of police work in a southern setting in which disturbing legacies can come to haunt native residents. An exceptional police procedural, with a compelling protagonist and strong moral underpinning.”—Booklist (starred review)

 

“Boyce lunges at the caldron of Atlanta racial/sexual/institutional politics as if she can’t wait to tear the lid off. Readers prepared for the deep dive will find themselves enlightened, sobered, and maybe even cautiously uplifted by the heroine’s reckless courage.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

“Boyce’s latest is a dark, fast-paced, violent tale pulsating with authenticity. It’s intense crime fiction at its best!”  —  Lansing (MI) State Journal

 

“It’s time for another generous sprinkling of Salt.”  —  Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

“This superlative second appearance of Atlanta cop Sarah “Salt” Alt is a big step up in every way since her debut in “Out of the Blues.” Boyce, a former Atlanta police officer, knowingly explores an officer’s calling, as well as moral questions, while maintaining realistic dialogue and Atlanta scenes. Her writing has gotten smoother and more confident. Plus, there’s a courtroom scene that alone is worth the price of admission. — Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

Praise for the Detective Salt novels by Trudy Nan Boyce

“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

 

“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 seasoned 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 CastilloNew 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