Bluebird, Bluebird (Large Print / Hardcover)
To say that this book is about two murders is to ignore the power of a finely wrought mystery that illuminates a place, time, and culture deftly. This is a book about the despair and anger of now, of race in America, of a past so intertwined and conflicted that blame and responsibility are often difficult to parse out. Darren is a Texas Ranger, a black Texas Ranger in an East Texas where the Aryan Brotherhood more brazenly rears its ugliness. Brilliant mystery, uncomfortable vision of America, and a nuanced perception of human beings. I will read anything Attica Locke writes!— Linda
A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire. When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.
When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes--and save himself in the process--before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
About the Author
Attica Locke is the author of Pleasantville, which won the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; Black Water Rising, which was nominated for an Edgar Award; and The Cutting Season, a national bestseller and winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. She was a writer and producer on the Fox drama Empire. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.