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Novels: Murder  Mystery Set in D.C. and Historical Novel Set in Brazil

Neely Tucker, author of MURDER, D.C. and Victoria Shorr, author of BACKLANDS, are the July 26 guests on KAZI Book Review at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST on KAZI 88.7FM.

MURDER, D.C. is the second murder mystery novel featuring the Washington D.C. News reporter Sully Carter.  As described on Neely Tucker’s web site: When Billy Ellison, the son of Washington, D.C.’s most influential African-American family, is found dead in the Potomac near a violent drug haven, veteran metro reporter Sully Carter knows it’s time to start asking some serious questions—no matter what the consequences
Neely Tucker writes non-fiction by day at the The Washington Post, where he has been a staff writer for fifteen years, and is currently assigned to cover the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign.

Though written as a novel, BACKLANDS tells the true story of a group of nomadic outlaws who reigned over the northeastern Brazil from about 1922 until 1938. Taking from the rich, admired―and feared―by the poor, they were led by the famously charismatic bandit Lampiao. The gang maintained their influence by fighting off all the police and soldiers the region could muster.  The story is primarily narrated by Lampiao’s lover, Maria, and has a Bonnie and Clyde vibe to it.

Victoria Shorr is a writer and political activist who lived in Brazil for ten years. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, where she cofounded the Archer School for Girls, and is now working to found a college-prep school for girls on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


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