The Policeman's Daughter | By Trudy Boyce
The “captivating” (Publishers Weekly) third novel featuring Atlanta police officer Sara “Salt” Alt, Boyce takes readers back to the beginnings of Salt’s career, before her promotion to the Homicide unit. Boyce “vividly captures the toll that working such a beat takes as she fleshes out Salt,” says Booklist, “with her imperfections, humanity, and strong moral sense.” With an uncompromising authenticity drawn from her own thirty-plus-years career with the Atlanta Police Department, Boyce proves with THE POLICEMAN’S DAUGHTER that she is unmatched in creating a police procedural that hums with the cadences of rhythms of the precinct and the streets.
At the beginning of her career, after suffering a head injury in what should have been a routine traffic stop, Salt eschews a desk job in favor of being reassigned to the streets—and facing Atlanta’s poorest, most dangerous public housing project, The Homes, rife with gang warfare and drug deals. As she nears the end of her first night back on patrol, Salt encounters a strung-out addict, Shannell, who reports that she has knifed her man. This kind of domestic is fairly routine, and when the wounded man is found and Shannell is taken into custody, the case seems closed. But soon after, Salt answers another call—and this time finds Shannell the victim, dead and discovered by her young daughter. Now, Salt is swept up in a homicide investigation that will lay the groundwork for her career, as well as force her to face her own ghosts; her beloved father, also a cop, killed himself when Salt was ten. And, like Shannell’s young daughter, it was Salt who found the body.
As she puts her instincts to work, Salt meets the cast of misfits and criminals who will profoundly impact 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, the observant matriarch of the neighborhood. What’s more, her simpatico partnership with fellow police officer, Pepper, solidifies, and Salt draws close to homicide Detective Wills—even though their budding romance is complicated by their respective positions on the force.