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

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Published: 29/03/2018
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Waterstones Says

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


MEDIA REVIEWS

Mesmerising ... original ... exhilarating ... Locke is building a compelling body of work - Guardian

A superb thriller ... Locke's message of injustice is the more convincing for being conveyed with restraint - Times

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

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

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

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

Elegant ... gripping - Observer

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

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 ... brilliantly executed - Big Issue

A rich sense of place and relentless feeling of dread permeate Attica Locke's heartbreakingly resonant new novel about race and justice in America ... an emotionally dense and intricately detailed thriller, roiling with conflicting emotions steeped in this nation's troubled past and present - USA Today

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

One of my favourite books of the past year - Harlan Coben, author of THE STRANGER

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, author of SLOW HORSES

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 - Ann Patchett, author of COMMONWEALTH

Taut where it has to be to keep a murder investigation on its toes, this novel is also languid when you need to understand just what would keep a black woman or man in a place where so much troubled history lies. Locke's small town murder investigation reveals what lies at the heart of America's confusion over race. - Walter Mosley, author of DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA

With Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke brings freshness and vitality to a beloved form. From the first beautifully done scene until the finale, this is a very propulsive novel concerning old deeds that keep influencing the present, injustice and courage - a powerful and dramatic look at contemporary black life in rural America - Daniel Woodrell, author of WINTER'S BONE

Attica Locke knows Texas, a place that has shaped both her characters and her life. Locke's new book, Bluebird, Bluebird, is evidence of her deep knowledge and love of her community and a deep talent for writing hype thrillers that also manage to be timely, relevant and keenly insightful - Joe Ide, author of RIGHTEOUS

Bluebird, Bluebird has the impeccable pacing, memorable characters, and deepening sense of mystery and dread we expect in the finest noir thrillers. But this is so much more. Attica Locke has written a marvelous novel - Ron Rash, author of THE RISEN

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

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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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KimG9

“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

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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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