Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire.
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.
This is Attica’s brilliant fourth novel. The body of a black man turns up in rural Texas, followed by the body of a white woman. As the novel’s black investigator, Mathews, notes: ‘The order of the killings didn’t fit any agreed-upon American script.’ Usually, as one character cites, it’s the death of a white woman that’s followed by the death of a black man.
This novel has unique music, colour, and nuance of East Texas. Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
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