Sully Carter, a reporter with a drinking and attitude problem, hobbled by war, loss and rage, is assigned to cover the murder of a teenage daughter of a powerful judge in Washington, D.C. Three black teenagers are arrested for the slaying. But Sully, restless after a career abroad, thinks it might be related to a series of cold cases that police barely investigated, including the disappearance of a gorgeous and sexy Howard University student. But the past never dies easy, he’s drinking on the job and his judgment isn’t what it used to be. In this minor-chord view of the city, he has to confront the back-breaking line between what you think and what you know; between what you know and what you can print. Set in the last of the glory days of the American newspaper, The Ways of the Dead is a wickedly entertaining, disturbing story of race, crime, the law and the power of the media.