The Policeman's Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce

The Policeman's Daughter

Trudy Nan Boyce

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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From author Trudy Nan Boyce, whose police procedural debut was hailed as "authentic" (NYTBR) and "exceptional" (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), returns with a stunning prequel to the Detective Salt series, the story behind the case that earned Salt her promotion to homicide.

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.

Advance Galley Reviews

Overall, I liked the storyline. I did find it a bit slow paced, but the story was pretty good.

The Policeman’s Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce is a gritty police procedural about a woman cop who patrols of one Atlanta’s poorest projects, the Homes. This third installment in the Detective Sarah Alt series is a prequel that takes place before her promotion to detective and can be read as a standalone. Sarah “Salt” Alt has been patrolling the Homes for ten years and she not only knows, but cares, about its residents. She and her friend and fellow officer, “Pepper” Greer, are well known and well liked by the people they encounter while on patrol. After getting shot during a routine traffic stop, Salt has recently returned to work when one of women on her beat, Shannell McCloud is murdered. Homicide detectives Will and Gardner are assigned to Shannell’s murder but the case quickly goes cold. Salt wants justice for Shannell so she begins digging around in hopes of uncovering the killer. Salt is the daughter of a cop who killed himself on her tenth birthday. She has never quite gotten over his death and since they were close, becoming a cop was a natural decision. Despite patrolling the Homes for ten years, Salt has not become inured to the tragedies, poverty or criminals she encounters during her shifts. She truly cares for the Homes’ residents and for the most part, she has a good relationship with the various people she meets. Salt is no stranger to Shannell, her boyfriend and her son’s father Big D and their son Lil D. She carries a bit of guilt over not being able help Lil D when he was a teenager so she has a soft spot for him. She watches out for him and she is well aware othat Lil D works for local gang leader Man Man who deals drugs. Salt also keeps running across Curtis Stone, who works for Man Man too. However, unlike Lil D and Man Man, Stone is a predator who has no use for Salt. Although she is wary of Stone, Salt is not intimidated by his thuggish tactics and she refuses to stop looking for the person who murdered Shannell. Although a little slow paced in the beginning, The Policeman’s Daughter is a engrossing police procedural. Salt is a compassionate police officer who becomes a little too personally involved with the residents of the Homes yet this is what makes her such an outstanding police officer. Pepper is a wonderful friend who tries to be the voice of reason when she gets overly involved searching for Shannell’s killer. Trudy Nan Boyce does an outstanding job bringing the Homes and the people who live there vibrantly to life. The investigation into Shannell’s murder is intriguing and the perpetrator’s identity is cleverly concealed until the novel’s poignant conclusion. A brilliant prequel to the Detective Sarah Alt series that fans of the genre will enjoy.

Very disappointed. My iPad died while I had this book. My new iPad would not let me download the previous reading app I used so was not able to read I emailed customer service a minimum of 3 times without ever receiving any help. After half my books expired I figured it out myself was so disappointed in the First to Read customer service department.

I had high hopes for this book, but I found the pacing far too slow, especially given the genre. There were good moments, but not enough to make me want to come back for more.

One of the worst books I have ever tried to read. It was so slow and boring I did something I rarely do. I quit reading it. I tried multiple times to pick it back up, just could not get into it. I finally gave up trying to get through it. I know this book got some rave reviews, as well as some who were similar to mine. I am glad some people enjoyed it, but, I honestly do see how.

"The Policeman's Daughter" by Trudy Nan Boyce is a great basis for, hopefully, a female-centered hard-boiled cop with a heart of gold series. Definitely based of reality in terms of the conditions that she encounters in her patrol area and does not gloss over the grittier details. Has a hook of romantic interest but never overshadows the plot or the other characters. I would definitely recommend and hope to see a second book based on these characters, even perhaps a spinoff featuring Pepper. Melissa Nutter, Ocala

So great to have a strong female lead. This is a gritty police story, smart and interesting. It was hard to like most of the male characters, but they seemed true to form for the time period. This was the first book by this author that I'd read and I enjoyed it. I'll look for more by her.

This is a really great police procedural novel. I had not previously read the first book in this series. It is a terrific female police detective with a great cast of secondary characters. I will definitely go back to read the first in this series. Salt's shooting causes her to find more success in her cases. This interesting premise hooks the reader in.

I had no idea that this book was part of a series, meaning that you certainly don't need to read the first book in order to enjoy Salt in this book. As someone who loves strong female leads and police procedurals, this book was right up my alley. While I didn't love the writing style, I understood how it played into the overarching book theme. I may have to go back and read the first book in the series and I will be on the lookout for any other books about Salt!

I haven't read any other books in this series. I was getting into it, but then it stopped letting me open it on my e-reader when it said I still had 12 more days. I tried re-downloading it, but it just says "Protected View" and won't open. I still want to go find this when it comes out so I can finish reading it. It's about a female police officer who gets shot on the job. I enjoyed the writing style and characters.

I had no idea that The Policeman's Daughter was the second book in the Sarah Alt series. I enjoyed it immensely, especially the rhythm that reminded me of the best of the Nordic mystery genre. Alt is the titular policeman's daughter, in love with the her beat and the people that populate it. She works hard to keep the peace as best she can, while fighting her own demons. An on-the-job injury makes her doubt her own sanity, and she fights the feeling that her father's own early death portends her death, as well. The book moves in fits and starts, which is the only drawback I've found, but sometimes police work isn't all as exciting as it seems on tv.

Sarah Alt is new to me, I haven't read the other books in the series, but I loved getting to know her, learning what drives her and why she does what she does in life and as a policewoman.. There is some background, she is the child of a police officer, one who took his own life on her tenth birthday. The memories of her dad are tied up with his job and who he was, and the story moves forward and backward in time to allow us to meet Salt (her nickname) in the present and go forward in the story with her. I'm not going to tell you the story, but I can tell you it gripped me, to see a character grow and transform, to see a willingness to take new risks. Salt isn't afraid to take job risks, she's very brave and strong, but we get to see her become willing to take life risks. This was a rich and complicated story, I'll be looking at the other books in the series. I must admit, this is a book that I wish I could read again for the very first time. Great book!

I found the book interesting but very slow at times. I read quite a lot of police novels, and this one felt different. Sometimes I was interested in the action, sometimes the reading dragged for ever.... but it was a good novel. I might give Trudy Nan Boyce a second chance and read her second-first book about Salt.

While the summary of this story sounded interesting, I was not all that impressed with the story. For this reason, I did not finish the book. When she was first shot, it kept my attention but after that it seemed like the story was stumbling along. Sadly, not a book for me.

This novel was a great police procedural. Trudy Nan Boyce gave a very realistic look at the life of a beat cop and the life in the projects of Atlanta. Salt is an amazing character and I cannot wait to read the rest of her novels. This one was the first one I had read and I am so glad it was the prequel to her story. Loved the writing and will definitely look for more by Trudy!

Interesting female police read. For someone interested in the procedures of the job and character development. My first Salt read. There are hints about why the main character is so reclusive but they are not fleshed out to give any definitive answers.

I realize I have no experience that would qualify me to judge whether this is a realistic account of police work, but it felt realistic, far more so than other books I've read in this genre. It was better written than usual, with a focus on character and neighborhood details and not action sequences. I really enjoyed Salt's character and thought process. This is the first book I've read in the series, and it worked because it's a prequel and didn't assume I knew anything about the characters. Salt is a smart, experienced cop, but didn't have any miracle epiphanies or happen to have a ridiculous level of expertise about random subjects. She just knows her beat and the people in her neighborhood. She's capable but not too stupid to ask for help when she needs it. She's more passionate and compassionate than average, but not enough to heedlessly break the rules and alienate everyone around her. She's a character I'd like to spend more time with, so I'll be looking into the series. Some of the other reviews mention that it's a bit slow-paced, and I think it is, but I enjoyed that because it added to the realism. Cases are not generally solved in 48 action-packed hours, and Salt still has a job to do while the case she wants to solve progresses in fits and starts. I got a copy to review from First to Read.

It takes a cop to write an outstanding police procedural. Trudy Nan Boyce, a 30-year veteran of the Atlanta PD, delivers a hard hitting, gritty homicide procedural. The Policeman's Daughter is a prequel to her Detective Sarah Alt series and centers around the homicide case that got Alt promoted to homicide. Alt, whose street name is Salt, is a beat cop in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Atlanta, The Homes. Patrolling as a lone officer, she depends on her friend and fellow officer, "Pepper'' Greer, who patrols a nearby area. Salt and Pepper. The duo are well known to the residents of The Homes. When the body of Shannell McCloud is discovered, shot to death in the closet where she had been hiding, Alt is angry that there is nothing she can do to solve the problems in The Homes. With very little evidence and no witnessses willing to come forward, detectives tell Alt that there is very little chance of solving the homicide. But Alt is obsessed and determined to find the killer who shot the woman to death as she cowered. In the world of gangs, street crime, drugs and death, it's dangerous to be a lone beat cop, but Alt wants to make a difference. I enjoyed this book, but it's a rough, gritty read. Boyce paints a bleak picture of life in Atlanta's gang-filled Projects, but not a hopeless one. Alt is a good cop. She really cares about the people and wants to make a difference. Boyce's years as a cop in Atlanta add a realism and truth to this story that mkae it raw and hard hitting. I will definitely be reading more from this author. There are two other books in the Sarah Alt series. I can't wait to read them both! This prequel in the series is coming out in February 2018. For more information on the author and her books, check out her website: **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from First To Read/Penguin-Random House. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

The book starts as something promising, yet confusing. Promising in the way that the characters are built, yet I couldn't focus because I just felt like I was thrown into the story with no actual beginning. With that I would have to say this book let down my expections of a good read. It is a book for someone that enjoys a fictional tale.

This was a fascinating, in-depth look at a beat cop's life in one of the most notorious housing projects in Atlanta. I understand it is a prequel - I have not read any of the other series books, but a prequel is often as good a place to start as any... Salt is a fascinating character - tough but fragile, and clearly someone who gives her all to her job, which must be an unbelievably draining way to live, given what she sees on a daily basis. The book is very well written - the style is engaging and descriptive and dark yet somehow still hopeful. I suspect the latter is entirely due to Salt herself; she's a great protagonist, real and believable and intensely complex without being complicated. The supporting cast is also strong; Trudy Nan Boyce paints an incredibly vivid picture, both of the personalities and the environment that is shaping them. At times, quite frankly, that vividness makes the book difficult to read - this is not a sunshine and roses fairy tale world, after all... But still, the voice is authentic and resonant, and that helped me stay with it. I would imagine that the book provides interesting backstory for other recurring characters in her series - in that sense, it is probably a different read for someone new to the books, like me, than it is for a veteran. I did not feel like I was missing anything by not having any familiarity with the characters/world of these books, though, so that should not affect a reader's decision to pick up the book. I will definitely be on the lookout for others in the series; I'm intensely curious to see how Salt develops and what her detective life is like, as compared to her early beat cop days... I'm also curious to track the other characters - there are some surprises in their personalities, and I wonder where they will go over time. Sparking that level of curiosity with a prequel is a strong indicator, to me, that the series will be entertaining and engaging.

This police thriller is fast-paced and suspenseful. It unfolds in dramatic fashion. Unfortunately, the flashbacks of the protagonist's life felt unnatural and left me a bit confused. The story progressed rapidly and had lots of action. What it lacked in character development it made up for in plot driven drama.

I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel. I generally enjoy police procedurals and this was a fair representation of the genre. The female lead character, Salt, is a beat cop in a poor housing project in Atlanta. Salt immerses herself, perhaps too deeply, in the lives of some of the residents on her beat. Her past plays a large part in her involvement with certain residents. The author reveals Salt’s past through flashbacks. I found this detracted from the story in places. Overall I enjoyed the book and would read more from this author. Apparently this is a prequel to a series so I will probably read the rest of this series. Salt is a character I would like to visit again. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of the Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

I was given an opportunity to read an advance copy of this book from First to Read for my honest review. I really liked this book. The characters were real. The police work authentic. It was the first of the series I have read and I will definitely seek out the others. I liked the worman central character. She was tough for her work, but covering up a big heart and a true interest in trying to help the people in her sector. She does not lose her femininity. While she develops a love interest, it is true to her situation and leaves it open for later. Her promotion at the end makes you feel as though it is a new beginning. Ready to read more. Bring them on!!!!

I just couldn't connect with this book or this protagonist. I tried several times to read it because it is a genre I normally enjoy. For some reason, I'm just not the right reader for it.

It’s always refreshing to have a lead female voice in a crime novel. This one does not disappoint. Enjoyable from start to finish.

I couldn't stop reading this. I loved the story and was very intrigued by the characters. I did feel a little that the story ended too quickly, it seemed abrupt, but this could because I didn't want it to end. I'd like to read more by this author.

I am going to try downloading this book again. It got glitchy with me and I haven’t been able to read it yet.

This was the first book I’ve read in the Detective Sarah Alt (Salt) series by Trudy Nan Boyce. And from what I understand it is a prequel to the series, because Salt is Officer Salt and not Detective Salt yet. But I suppose if you’re going to come in in the middle of a series, a prequel is a good place to start. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Officer Salt is trying to solve the murder of a drug-addicted sex worker, a low priority case but a victim she cares about, on her beat, one of the most crime-riddled areas of Atlanta. Salt is tenacious and caring, sympathetic, and a likable character. The book, the neighborhood, the situation, the frustration, and the hopelessness of the story feels very real and is believable. I have a feeling quite a few of these characters will have roles to play in Det. Salt’s career. And honestly I hope they do. As a beat cop she is very attached to her beat and cares about its denizens. It will be interesting how that carries over into her career as a homicide detective, because I will definitely be reading the previous and future books in this series.

I was provided an ARC from Penguin Books and First to Read for my honest review. As a police officer's daughter, I wanted to love this book. However, I didn't find myself loving it. The description and concept are good, but the plot moves too slow and the characters are hard to follow. I put this book down and didn't find myself wanting to pick it back up. I think this book could be entertaining to a specific set of people who enjoy this particular writing style. For me it moves too slow and I did not want to keep reading. I did not finish the book.

This book was a great read. I was surprised to learn it was 3rd in a series. I never felt like I was missing anything not having read the previous books, but I did find myself wanting to read them based on my like of the story.

This book didn't end up being my cup of tea. The police work seemed realistic and detailed, but overall it seemed like an odd way to tell a story. There was a lot going on and then flashbacks on top of it. I found myself not caring about the flashbacks and just wanted the mystery solved.

I did not know that The Policeman's Daughter was a prequel to Boyce’s Salt Detective series, but I was throughly enthralled and excited by the story of Officer Salt and the background of the The Homes area. Boyce utilizes a visual flair to create a gritty, realistic, and vibrant mystery.

This is a detailed and interesting story showing how the police can work and aid other agencies in solving crimes. Back stories for the criminals and the police increase and improve the story line. Two unfortunate errors in the electronic version Pg.74 1400 hundred building and pg. 121 rambaed. Otherwise an enjoyable read.

The Policeman's Daughter is a great read. Strong character development and a intriguing background in the housing projects of Atlanta underscore the the story of Salt's professional and personal life. Salt loves her assignment to the night shifts in the projects and can't help reaching out to the forgotten members of society with some compassion. When one of the local prostitutes is murdered Salt won't give up until the killer is found. She is also dealing with some of her own inner demons revolving around familial relationships. I found it hard to put this down and definitely plan to read more in the series. I received a pre-publication copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know that it was the prequel to a series. I will definitely be on the lookout for the other books. I really liked Salt. She was real and believable. I wanted to see her successful. I kept reading not wanting to stop. I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. Great book!

This book looked so promising in the description, but with all the various characters and tangents explored, I just didn't connect with the main character, Salt. The flashbacks were odd but pivotal to the character's development, but too much was going on, and the murder was sort of hinted. A lot of interesting insights to police beat and odd characters encountered and the effects on the entire dynamic. The strange circumstances surrounding her father's death contributed to her personality, but the snatches of bible verses and hymns were odd. Unusual and interesting overall, just did not gel with me. Good selection for a fall weekend.


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