Darren Mathews has returned home from up north to East Texas, trading in his lawyerly future for a life in the Texas Rangers. His job is already on the line, for helping out a friend dealing with a white supremacist stalker, and then he comes across another case in nearby Lark. A black man and a white woman are both dead, killed days apart, Mathews has to figure out what happened. Even though he outranks law enforcement, his tentative job status, to say nothing of his color, makes this a lot more difficult. What’s worse, Geneva, the proprietor of the local black bar who should be his ally, is surprisingly uncooperative, perhaps understanding that even when the person behind the badge is a person of color, the law might not be on her side. Bluebird, Bluebird is a great start to a series, with a setting that likely has a lot of secrets buried along the highway.— Daniel Goldin
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
"In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it." --Ann Patchett "A heartbreakingly resonant new novel about race and justice in America" --USA Today
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.
About the Author
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.