A "heartbreakingly resonant" (USA Today) thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from the author of Heaven, My Home
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rulesa 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 murdersa black lawyer from Chicago and a local white womanhave stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimesand save himself in the processbefore 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.
"In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke has both mastered the thriller and exceeded it." Ann Patchett
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.
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author of IQ and Righteous - Joe Ide
"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."
author of The Risen - Ron Rash
"Bluebird, Bluebird has the impeccable pacing, memorable characters, and deepening sense of mystery and dread we expect in the finest noir thrillers. But this novel is so much more. Darren Mathews, the black Texas Ranger at the story's center, is a man caught up in the complex and at times contradictory loyalties of geography, profession, race, and family. He is a brilliantly realized character and in his refusal to settle for easy answers, he leads himself and the reader toward the most elemental of contradictions: the inextricable link between hate and love. Attica Locke has written a marvelous novel."
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More than 1 year ago
More than 1 year ago
I saw a recommendation for this on NPR and am so glad I did. The story develops slowly, but it is a draw-you-in type of slowness, a re-read a page type of slowness that adds to the telling of the story. This book has a great story line, well-developed characters, and suspense to the end. Music scores often have grace notes... optional musical notes included that add something special to a piece. This book contains a grace note of often painful acknowledgement of the still blatant racism that exists in our country and how people of color are forced to live with this racism as a given in their life. It sickens me hat this still exists; yes, this is a work of fiction but you accept as fact that these attitudes and necessary reactions to them are real. I loved this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
More than 1 year ago
Ann Patchett recommended this book. I enjoyed the writing style and characters will linger with me. There are deeper meanings also in the book that will stay with me, especially during this time of unrest. Will be reading more by this author.
More than 1 year ago
Engrossing story, page after page. The author Attica Locke new to me, but a writer I will look forward to reading in the future.
4 months ago
An excellent mystery soaked in social commentary about the racism that still exists in small-town America that will shake you, and perhaps awaken you. I couldn't put this down.
The title comes from the John Lee Hooker blues song:
'Bluebird, please, take this letter down south for me
Oh, bluebird, take this letter down south for me
Don't you two stop flyin' till you find little Liza Belle for me
Lord, she way down, she's way down in Jackson, Tennessee
Bluebird, she's way down south in Jackson, Tennessee
She may not be home, but, please, knock upon her door
Bluebird, bluebird, please, do this for me
Oh, bluebird, please, do this for me
If you see my baby, tell her I want her to come back home to me.'
I received an ebook copy of this first mystery in the Highway 59 series from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review, in anticipation of the publication of book two: Heaven, My Home, which I can't wait to read now!
8 months ago
I absolutely loved this book. The main character felt like I knew him. The small town politics and the big fish in a little pond mentality is familiar to anyone who has lived in a small town. The Ranger's demons kept him conflicted and made it easy for us to want him to win the battle. There were several story lines that I didn't see coming...the baby's father especially...but that made the book even better. This is one of the books that when I finished it, I really wanted to know what happened to everyone after the last page. Great, great, great book.
More than 1 year ago
Not All The Dust Settles in BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD
The mystery/suspense novel Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke takes readers on the dusty back roads of East Texas and drops them off in the midst of a double homicide with racial overtones.
African-American Texas Ranger Darren Mathews leads the investigation. He probes and prods a cast of diverse black and white characters with longstanding grudges and horrible secrets.
Locke paints the landscape in all its rustic beauty and uses various turns of phrases in dialogue and narrative that probably resonate from her Houston upbringing.
She doesn't use many pages in this southwestern mystery to carry the reader and the story to a shocking double climax the last of which unhinged my jaw.
One of those conclusions raises the personal stakes for Mathews with a 'how you like me now on a San Andreas Fault Line moment' that wets the appetite for a sequel. Bring it on. Four out of Five Stars. Rated R for language including racial slurs.
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