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Bluebird, bluebird : a novel
Author(s):
Locke, Attica,
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9780316363297
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First edition.
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307 pages ; 25 cm
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Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
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Summary

A "heartbreakingly resonant" thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy-winning Fox TV show Empire. ( USA Today )
*Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel*
*Coming soon to FX as a TV series*
"In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it." --Ann Patchett
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. From a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire, Bluebird, Bluebird is a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas.


Author Notes

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.


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Booklist Review

The deaths of a black man from Chicago and a local white woman in Lark, a one-stoplight East Texas town, within days of each other, just have to be related events. The trouble is, no one in local law enforcement wants to connect the crimes. Then, when Darren Matthews, a black Texas Ranger, shows up to conduct a more thorough investigation, Aryan Brotherhood-fueled bitterness erupts. Darren's passion for justice is heightened by a promise he makes to the first victim's widow, a gut feeling about the husband of victim number two, tenderness toward the black woman who runs the local café, and his own complicated family history. As Darren flirts with the bourbon bottle and Randie, he taps into his small-town Texas heritage and firsthand knowledge of racism to unearth buried memories of the town's long history of racially and romantically motivated crimes. A producer and writer for the acclaimed TV series Empire as well as an award-winning crime-fiction writer, Locke (Pleasantville, 2015) brings a cinematic polish to her tale of sordid violence bubbling in a Texas bayou backwater.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2017 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of this absorbing series launch set in East Texas from Edgar-finalist Locke (Pleasantville), Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is suspended from the force because he rushed, while off duty, to the aid of a friend in a dispute that turned violent. Then, against his family's wishes and the law, he determines to check out a racially charged crime a few hours up the highway. In the desolate town of Lark, the bodies of a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman have surfaced in a bayou within a few days of each other. Darren discovers that the town revolves around two prominent figures: Wally Jefferson, proprietor of a white supremacist bar and close confidant to the county sheriff, and Wally's neighbor Geneva Sweet, a black business owner with her own brand of authority. As Darren investigates the two murders, he becomes immersed in Lark's fraught history. Darren must deal with his conflicting loyalties to his family and to Texas, as well as his identity as a black man, as he struggles for justice in this tale of racism, hatred, and, surprisingly, love. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Darren Matthews was born and raised in rural East Texas and is intimately acquainted with the racial tensions in its small towns. On suspension for an incident involving a friend who may have killed a man, the African American Texas Ranger is asked by an old FBI friend to look into the deaths of a black Chicago lawyer and a local white woman who were both found dead days apart in a bayou near Lark, TX. Once his boss learns of his new assignment, Mathews is reinstated and given authority to investigate. Locke, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction (-Pleasantville) and a writer and producer of the show Empire, has woven an atmospheric, convoluted mystery seasoned with racial tension and family loyalty. VERDICT Locke is a gifted author, and her intriguing and compelling crime novel will keep readers engrossed. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/17.]-Sandra Knowles, South Carolina State Lib., Columbia © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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