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Bluebird, Bluebird - Highway 59 by Attica Locke (Paperback)
  • Bluebird, Bluebird - Highway 59 by Attica Locke (Paperback)

Bluebird, Bluebird - Highway 59 by Attica Locke (Paperback)

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Published: 29/03/2018
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The first instalment of Locke’s evocative Southern Gothic crime series sees Ranger Darren Matthews return to his Texan hometown to investigate two murders which ignite simmering racial tensions.

Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2018 and shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger.

A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV/Channel 4 show Empire.

Southern fables usually go the other way around.

A white woman is killed or harmed in some way, real or imagined, and then, like the moon follows the sun, a black man ends up dead. But when it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well.

Deeply ambivalent about his home state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. So when allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he is drawn to a case in the small town of Lark, where two dead bodies washed up in the bayou. First a black lawyer from Chicago and then, three days later, a local white woman, and it's 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.

'In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it. Ranger Darren Mathews is tough, honor-bound, and profoundly alive in corrupt world. I loved everything about this book.' - Anne Patchett

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781257685
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 265 g
Dimensions: 194 x 128 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


'Mesmerising ... original ... exhilarating ... Locke is building a compelling body of work. In this age of enduring and renewed racial tensions, we need her voice more than ever' - Esi Edugyan, The Guardian 

'Wonderful ... a superb thriller ... Locke's message of injustice is the more convincing for being conveyed with restraint' - Marcel Berlins, The Times 

'Tight, bright prose ... powerful ... she seems more and more like America's most interesting crime writer' - Jake Kerridge, The Daily Telegraph 

'Locke evokes place brilliantly, writes tangy, fluent prose ... an expertly plotted triple whodunit.' - John Dugdale, The Sunday Times 

'Bluebird, Bluebird is absorbing and Locke's writing is beautiful ... The best crime novel of the year so far.' - Paul Connolly, Metro 

'What is most satisfying about this crime novel is its use of the crime as a device with which to explore something much larger and universal ... Locke's writing is both sharp-edged and lyrical. This is thoughtful, piercing storytelling with the power to transport.' - Diana Evans, The Financial Times 

'Elegant ... gripping.' - Claire Kohda Hazelton, Observer 

'Cracking ... The prose is beautifully rhythmic ... Locke uses her insider knowledge of the area to really get under the skin of her characters, in the process revealing the real beating heart of rural Texan life. It's uncomfortable stuff at times, but it's brilliantly executed.' - Big Issue

'Memorable characters, engaging prose and a soundtrack of down-home blues make for a winning literary crime thriller.' - Jeffrey Burke, Mail on Sunday 

'Page-turning.' - Elle 

'Ms. Locke is a wonderful stylist, able to conjure vivid impressions with a single phrase.' - Wall Street Journal 

'Locke is a brisk writer with a sharp eye for the subtleties of how rural white Southerners tend to act as if their little towns belong to them - and react harshly to black independence.' - Washington Post 

'In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it. Ranger Darren Mathews is tough, honor-bound, and profoundly alive in corrupt world. I loved everything about this book.' - Anne Patchett

'This is the best kind of thriller: as literate and thoughtful as it is fast-moving. Attica Locke has bags of style, and sings the blues on every page. A highlight of the year so far, and the curtain-raiser for what promises to be a compelling series.' - Mick Herron

'Attica Locke has built a career on political novels wrapped in the conventions of the crime thriller, and Bluebird, Bluebird burnishes an already impressive reputation.' - Irish Times 

 'Ambitious, socially committed and beautifully written ... the next time you find yourself in the company of a crime reviewer, don't bother asking who you should be reading. You know the answer: Attica Locke.' - Barry Forshaw, Independent 

'An excellent thriller ... a gripping blend of the personal and the political' - Irish Times 

'As convincing as it is enthralling.' - Boyd Hilton, Heat 

'Genuinely unnerving ... subtle, complex questions of identity, family and history' - Daily Mail 

'Outstanding...Locke just gets better and better as a writer.' - Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express Magazine 

'Her best story yet.' - Mark Lawson, Guardian

'It's a fascinatingly complex setting and Locke maps it with great skill, charting the struggles of her characters as the crime remains unsolved ... a smart legal thriller about how far people will go to gain power, and keep it.' - Jeff Noon, Spectator 

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“Another atmospheric tale of crime and corruption”

In Bluebird, Bluebird, Attica Locke threads the political and the personal through another atmospheric tale of crime and corruption. Michael Wright, a black lawyer from out of town, is found drowned in the bayou... More

Hardback edition
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“A cracker of a read!”

Utterly brilliant! Bluebird, Bluebird instilled the same feelings as reading To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill. A very atmospheric and racially driven book that tells the uncomfortable truth of race relations... More

Hardback edition
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Craig Sisterson

“A masterpiece of crime fiction”

California-based screenwriter and author Attica Locke has been dazzling readers and critics alike since her exquisite debut Black Water Rising a decade ago. But she really raised the bar with Bluebird, Bluebird, the... More

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