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Friday, February 26 at 7PM
MINERVA KOENIG and TRUDY NAN BOYCE
speaking & signing
South of Nowhere and Out of the Blues
Minerva Koenig is back with the second installment in her atmospheric, critically-acclaimed series, this time with her heroine is working a missing persons case at the Texas-Mexico border. Pair this with a gritty debut from Nan Boyce, a long-time crime professional. On her first day as a newly minted homicide detective, Sarah Salt Alt is given the cold-case murder of a blues musician whose death was originally ruled an accidental drug overdose. Now new evidence has come to light that he may have been given a hot dose intentionally. Is she up for the challenge?
ABOUT SOUTH OF NOWHERE
The dead body stuffed into the upstairs closet at Julia Kalas' fixer-upper ranch house has been there too long to be related to her short-lived WITSEC past, but that doesn't stop the local cops from giving her the hairy eyeball. Not up for another game of pin the tail on the murder suspect, Julia heads for the Texas-Mexico border with John Maines, county sheriff-turned-private detective, who's dangling a fat check with her name on it as a reward for helping him with a missing-persons case. It's enough to set her up in a comfortable Mexican retirement, which strikes Julia as way more tolerable than mouldering around the tiny Texas backwater where the feds sent her, trying to get a construction business up and running.
Fate, as usual, has other ideas. She and Maines locate their quarry, but it quickly becomes apparent that the woman isn't who they think she is. A near-fatal attack on Maines and the reappearance of Hector Guerra, Julia's erstwhile lover, persuade her to stick to the case despite a gut feeling that it's going to get worse before it gets better.
ABOUT MINERVA KOENIG
Minerva Koenig is a licensed architect running her own one-woman practice. When not architecting or writing, she likes to sew, read, play chess, do yoga, dance, wrangle cats, and fight the patriarchy. Koenig lives in Austin, Texas.
ABOUT OUT OF THE BLUES
From an author with more than thirty years’ experience in the Atlanta Police Department comes a riveting procedural debut introducing an unforgettable heroine.
On her first day as a newly minted homicide detective, Sarah “Salt” Alt is given the cold-case murder of a blues musician whose death was originally ruled an accidental drug overdose. Now new evidence has come to light that he may have been given a hot dose intentionally. And this evidence comes from a convicted felon hoping to trade his knowledge for shortened prison time . . . a man who Salt herself put behind bars.
In a search that will take her into the depths of Atlanta’s buried wounds—among the city’s homeless, its politically powerful churches, commerce and industry, and the police department itself—Salt probes her way toward the truth in a case that has more at stake than she ever could have imagined. At once a vivid procedural and a penetrating examination of what it means to be cop, Out of the Blues is a remarkable crime debut.
ABOUT 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.
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