Locals select their picks for fiction set in D.C.

“The Ways of the Dead” is a novel by Neely Tucker.

Tayla Burney of WAMU 88.5 Radio:

■ “The Ways of the Dead,” “Murder, D.C.” and “Only the Hunted Run” (“The Sully Carter Series”) by Neely Tucker:

“This trio of novels represents the fiction I’ve found most authentically captures the District in its full, complicated glory. It focuses not on the nation’s capital, but on the real neighborhoods we all live in, love and know. At the center is Sully Carter — a war correspondent back stateside working for the Post (much like his author). His reporting on crime allows for exploration of issues like gentrification, the legacy of the crack epidemic in the city, mental health, race and much, much more. They’re full of great characters and manage to be both fun and insightful at the same time.”

■ “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu:

“This region is home to the largest Ethiopian diaspora community outside of the African continent and this novel is a great glimpse into that world. Mengestu is a talented writer and his exploration of race, place, and culture will stay with you and change the way you look at D.C.’s streets.”

■ “The Hopefuls” by Jennifer Close:

“This novel is a great look at the transient, political populace of the city by a local who knows. Close tells the story of a couple that come to town as part of the Obama administration — high on the promise of hope and change. They find a more down to earth reality of life in the District as they navigate personal relationships that blur along political lines.”

“Hard Revolution” is a novel by George Pelecanos.

At-large D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman:

■ “The Sweet Forever,” “Soul Circus” and “Right as Rain” by George Pelecanos:

“If you want to learn about 1980s and 1990s D.C., he is go-to. Sometimes I think his interpretations are a bit simplistic, but still good. Plus, I’ve met George and he is a super nice guy. I wrote about his mom for the Post. He grew up in Mount Pleasant but now lives in Silver Spring.”

■ “Lost in the City” by Edward P. Jones: “A great group of short stories.”

“A great group of short stories.”

Jon Purves of Politics and Prose:

■ “The Hopefuls” by Jennifer Close
■ “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu
■ “Hard Revolution” by George Pelecanos
■ “Lost in the City” by Edward P. Jones
■ “The Cutaway” by Christina Kovac
■ “Here I Am” by Jonathan Safran Foer

“The Hopefuls” is a novel by Jennifer Close.

Ashley Bowen of Upshur Street Books:

■ “The Hopefuls” by Jennifer Close
■ “The Wide Circumference of Love” by Marita Golden
■ “The Inner Circle,” “The Fifth Assassin” and “The President’s Shadow” (“The Culper Ring Series”) by Brad Meltzer
■ “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese
■ “The Sully Carter Series” by Neely Tucker
■ Plus a poetry selection: “Drum Taps” by Walt Whitman

Popular fiction set in D.C., courtesy of the D.C. Public Library:

■ “All Aunt Hagar’s Children” by Edward P. Jones
■ “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu
■ “Flying Home: Seven Stories of the Secret City” by David Nicholson
■ “Hard Revolution” by George Pelecanos
■ “Here I Am” by Jonathan Safran Foer
■ “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
■ “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini
■ “River, Cross My Heart” by Breena Clarke
■ “You Are the Love of My Life” by Susan Richards Shreve
■ “When Washington Was in Vogue: A Love Story (A Lost Novel of the Harlem Renaissance)” by Edward Christopher