A NovelBook - 2017
"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.
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LPL_ShirleyB Dec 13, 2017
Read. Highway 59 #1 in series. "In a rural East Texas town of fewer than 200 people, the body of an African American lawyer from Chicago is found in a bayou, followed several days later by that of a local white woman. What's going on? African American Texas Ranger Darren Mathews hopes to fin... Read More »
LPL_ShirleyB Jul 17, 2020
1st in the Highway 59 series. A realistic, gritty & suspenseful mystery. Poignant emphasis on social justice as well as Locke’s sense of place rooted in East Texas. A twisty reveal profoundly links love to hate!
Winner of these awards:
Anthony Awards: Best Novel, Dagger Awards: CWA Ian Flemi... Read More »
LPL_ShirleyB Nov 27, 2019
I'm deeply affected by this realistic, gritty & suspenseful mystery. The characters' connections to place, thought-provoking reflections of our divided society and lyrical writing including references to song lyrics is intense! Read for poignant emphasis on social justice as well as Locke’s s... Read More »
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Don't give then a reason to stop you, son... black men for whom self-regard was both a natural state of being and a survival technique. His uncles adhered to those ancient rules of southern living, for they understood how easily a colored man's general comportment could turn into a matter of life and death. Darren had always wanted to believe that theirs was the last generation to have to live that way, that change might trickle down from the White House. When in fact the opposite had proved to be true. In the wake of Obama, America had told on itself.
She nodded, staring at him in the dim light. “But why come back?”
“Jasper,” he said softly.
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