Bluebird, Bluebird

Bluebird, Bluebird

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316363297
Branch Call Number: MYS Locke A
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 25 cm


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STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

Have you read any books by Attica Locke?? No? Well, my friends, now is your chance. I really enjoyed the Cutting Season so I knew I wanted to read Locke’s new series. Book 1, Bluebird, Bluebird, won a few prizes last year so it fits the “book by a woman and/or AOC that won a literary award in 2018” category. The good news is that if you enjoy it, you don’t have to wait long because book 2 called Heaven, My Home is available now. I respect the depth Locke brings to her writing and her characters. There’s no shying away from difficult topics and the feelings that rise. JD Jackson’s audiobook narration is excellent and really brought the story to life for me. I can’t wait to see what happens with Darren Mathews next!

Aug 26, 2019

While it may be hard to see up in Seattle, but in Texas, especially in small, isolated towns, racism is a daily fact of life. Combined with a strong writing style, this author makes it believable. I like her flawed protagonist with strong morality as a Ranger, who suffers in his personal life. As a social commentary it is a challenging read, but it is prevalent throughout the small town South. As a mystery novel it suffices, with several twists and turns as the plod wends its way to a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to reading more of her work.

debwalker Apr 27, 2018

Wins the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Feb 13, 2018

At the end of the story I felt overwhelming sorrow at how racism is ingrained in small towns. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave” could be the motto of this story of a black woman and people she loved in a small eastern Texas town.

Feb 05, 2018

With this offering Attica Locke has moved on to the terrain of crime fiction writers like Henning Mankell and Ian Rankin. Her ability to locate and ground the action of her novel in the context of the real world elevates her work beyond the everyday who-done-it, police centered crime story. A fine writer, she has the ability to capture the complexity of the socio-political world of the USA in a highly accessible, and mesmerizing fashion. I look forward to her future offerings.

Jan 28, 2018

Another in Locke's series of mysteries set in the south. In this novel, the author attacks the rise of the Ayran Brotherhood of Texas and the issue of race. Recommended.

JessicaGma Jan 16, 2018

I saw this recommended in a Book Riot email, as it's not quite what I normally pick up, but it was a powerful read. It's a solid mystery with flawed characters, and then there's that final twist....

Dec 28, 2017

Attica Locke's murder mystery is both compelling and deeply tragic. Following a humble yet strong Texas Ranger coming to grips with complicated history, the story feels as if so much is left unanswered, even though the protagonist has quite a knack for solving the crimes. While the focus is tightly on Texas and its people, this is exactly the kind of mystery book that should appeal to most Americans.

DPLjennyp Dec 12, 2017

Solid mystery.


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