Trudy Nan Boyce-The Policeman's Daughter

Trudy Nan Boyce


Trudy Nan Boyce received her Ph.D. in community counseling before becoming a police officer for the City of Atlanta. During her more-than-thirty-year career she served as a beat cop, homicide detective, senior hostage negotiator, and lieutenant. Boyce retired from the police department in 2008 and still lives in Atlanta. In 2017 Boyce won the Georgia Author of the Year and the Pinkley Prize for her debut novel, Out of the Blues.


Instinct, Observation, and Psychic Insight in Gripping Detective Novels

In Steven Cooper's Dig Your Grave, detective Alex Mills returns with psychic Gus Parker to solve a series of baffling murders. Trudy Nan Boyce brings back Detective Sarah "Salt" in The Policeman's Daughter with a complex and personal crime that starts to reveal itself only after a head injury causes her to have visions. These gripping crime novels dig into some of the more unusual means detectives use to solve their cases.

Moderator: Michele Ross

Michele Ross is a critic, writer, and speaker whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and Atlanta Magazine. She is currently the crime fiction columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and also a reviewer for Kirkus Reviews. She hosted a weekly live national book show on CNN Television for several years, and before that was the Book Editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

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The Policeman's Daughter

At the beginning of her career, Sarah “Salt” Alt was a beat cop in Atlanta’s poorest, most violent housing project, The Homes. It is here that she meets the cast of misfits and criminals that will have a profound impact on her later cases: Man Man, the leader of the local gang on his way to better places; street dealer Lil D and his family; and Sister Connelly, old and observant, the matriarch of the neighborhood. A lone patrolwoman, Salt’s closest lifeline is her friend and colleague Pepper, on his own beat nearby. And when a murder in The Homes brings detectives to the scene, Salt draws closer to Detective Wills, initiating a romance complicated by their positions on the force. When Salt is shot and sustains a head injury during a routine traffic stop, the resulting visions begin leading her toward answers in the case that makes her career. This is the tale of a woman who solves crimes through a combination of keen observation, grunt work, and pure gut instinct; this is the making of Detective Salt.

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