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
'Dazzlingly good ... a seriously impressive writer' Observer
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...more
I…moreIt's the first book in a series. Goodreads has it listed as "Highway 59 book #1" as does Attica Locke's website. So it seems there is more to come.
I know what you mean though, the cliffhanger ending really threw me for a loop!(less)
Great read, great writing. Crime Noir in Southern USA, Houston area and around. I remember I read Black Water Rising of Attica Locke some years ago and thinking, this is an interesting writer. So this one caught my eye. Recommended for sure for those who like a good crime story, brooding, raw, rough & gritty.... Seems this is going to be a series!
I read her first book in 2013, this is what the profile of Locke says: A ...more
Engrossing and laden with atmospheric foreboding-
This novel is packed with emotions, thick racial tensions and family dramas. I could almost imagine blues rifts playing in the background as the events in Lark, Texas unfolded. I could envision the town, the people, and feel the intense feeling of dread creeping up on me as the story unfolded.
When Michael Wright, a black lawyer from Chicago, stops in the small East Texas town, he never makes it back home. His bo ...more
In Bluebird, Bluebird, current day East Texas has never moved on from the 1950s. Segregation and prejudice are the norm. The Aryan Brotherhood is alive and well. I couldn’t count the times a white man called a black man ‘boy’.
Told from the perspective of Darren Matthews, a black Texas Ranger, as he investigates two murders in a small town - a black man’s, whose murder is barely being investigated before he arrives, and a white woman’s. The book’s blurb rightly describes it as a collision of rac ...more
Despite being suspended, when he hears about a black man found dead under suspicious circumstances in a town of 200 people that’s well known for having a high ...more
The story took forever to actually build my interest though. I wasn’t into it until about the 60% complete ...more
“Bluebird bluebird take this letter down South for me.”
Upon winning the Edgar Award, Attica Locke was quoted as saying: “My books are very black, very Texan. I didn’t think there was a place for them.” I hate to admit that were it not for my recent obsession of stalking Little Brown for David Sedaris Calypso posts on Instagram, I might not have ever heard of Bluebird Bluebird myself. Those of you who are a lot more hip than I probabl ...more
Bluebird, Bluebird is set in the fictional East Texas town of Lark, where the battered body of a black lawyer from Chicago is found in the bayou. Local law enforcement’s early conclusion: drowning. A few days later, the body of a young local white woman is found in the same bayou. Ordinarily, two deaths that appear to be similar that occur in such a short period of time would seem to be related; however, the fact that the ...more
Bluebird, Bluebird is a complex, multi-layered mystery that takes place in a small East Texas town. The tale is dark, thought-provoking and well-written. I liked but didn’t love the protagonist, Ranger Darren Matthews, who is a bit too troubled but smart and compassionate. The plot’s resolution was believable, and I love the way Attica Locke writes her characters and the setting. Overall, it’s a fabulous book.
I live in Texas and have spent a fair amount of time in East Texas. This book ...more
The first line of this novel caught my attention immediately. What a great beginning! And it only got better from there.
Being from Texas, and being very familiar with Houston, Hwy 59, and the tiny little East Texas towns that dot the highway like so many mosquito bites on a redneck's arm, I was quickly drawn to this story of a black Texas Ranger and the two murders h ...more
This book, at its core, is about race and justice. Believe it or not this takes place in 2016 -and yet in East Texas, African Americans are still called "Niggers" and still asked to leave white establishments. Maybe it's because I am from Canada, but I found that to be totally unimaginable.
We meet Darren Matthews, a Texas Ranger, who goes to small town Lark, to investigate the death of a black lawyer and a local white woman. Are the two deaths connected? Being a small town, there are nu ...more
This story was not what I thought it might be at the start. It went a different route and went deeper, examining prejudice and racial tensions in a way I haven't read about before, seen through the eyes of various people having to cope with it in whatever manner they chose or were forced to choose, whether it was by leaving their home, or by acquiescing to their oppressors, or by doing so only outw ...more
Phew! I inhaled this book in one sitting. I've spent a whole Sunday in the hot, sticky backwoods of East Texas, and it was scary. I usually avoid anything related to hate crimes and other racially charged themes because it really gets my blood boiling. Injustice stinks. But this had so many aspects of In the Heat of the Night, that it was hard not to put down. I also didn't anticipate ...more
Bluebird, Bluebird, is a wonderful Literary Thriller written by Attica Locke. Even though Literary Thriller may not be a recognized book genre, it’s an apt designation for this book. Locke has written a mystery which also contains lots of food for thought as to how racism, in Texas at least, hasn't appreciably improved for African Americans in the recent decades. Even though we’ve had a black President, the deck of law-enforcement, for the most part, is still stacked against the b ...more
The plot is complex, intelligent and disturbingly realistic – and described much better than I could do justice to in other reviews so I’ll stick to talking about the impact Bluebird Bluebird (taken ...more
Well written literary thriller dealing with race, family, love, loyalty and host of other issues. Darren is a very intriguing character. Hes conflicted between being who he is versus what the public perceive him or want him to be. I think because it has such a complicated and convoluted plot, it just didnt do it for me. I kept feeling like I had to re read areas just to make sense of certain plotlines. Emotional novel though, reminding us that family, friends and strangers are sometimes wha ...more
Tense. Sweaty. All have subversive interlocking secrets and baggage of both regrets and sorrow. Also Attica Locke is absolutely superb on dialog and body placements, car movements, all the "sight lines"- which are very seldom done half as well in fiction print.
It's just the perfect length, has an ending which ...more
This is a bit like a Scandinavian mystery (although there are other examples that would serve equally well) in that this is two books in one: a mystery used as a vehicle to explore a social problem. In this case it's the experience of black people in rural East Texas, particularly in how they interact with law enforcement.
The author, Attica Locke, is a Houston native, so she knows what she is writing about. H ...more
Attica is also a screenwriter who has written movie and television scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, Dreamworks and ...more