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Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)

af Attica Locke

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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.… (mere)
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Crime thrillers rarely draw me except for the Hillermans and Nevada Barr - but Attica Locke was also a LT American Author Challenge.

She does not include gruesome details of the four featured murders investigated by Texas Ranger Darren Matthews
as he goes up against everyone from his boss, the man who alerted him to the open race cases in Lark, the local sheriff,
the wife of one of the murdered men, nearly all of the people of the rural town of Lark, and ultimately, his mother.

Plot and character twists are surprising and often unpredictable.

Sure wish the ending/non-ending had been different! ( )
  m.belljackson | Mar 7, 2021 |
The writing felt very fresh to me - made me very aware that the book was american english, not uk english - and that slowed me down and made me pay attention..... which was good because there are a lot of characters to get to know, and a lot of their histories to piece together. Reading other reviews suggests I may be lucky that I came to the book after a tempting review of another book by the same author so I had no pre-expectations of this one. Although I liked this so much I cannot imagine being disappointed. Anyway it worked for me as a detective thriller and it worked for me as background to so many other issues such as Black Lives Matter and Charlottesville and Kendi's 'Stamped From The Beginning' which I would like to re-read again soon. I look forward to be reading onwards with Attica Locke's next book. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Many black writers portray the horrors and problems of the black community mostly in the South. Attica Locke shows the issues in a small community in Texas in 2016. The stories of Black Lives Matter ring true in this novel of racial injustice in the South. The main character, Geneva Sweet, operates a small store and restaurant that sits across the street from a huge, beautiful replica of Jefferson’s Monticello. The owner, Wallace Jefferson III (Wally), wants Geneva’s small patch of land. Geneva is an old black woman who has lost her husband and son to violent crime. And Wally, a white gentleman, owns basically the whole town. The story opens with the recovery of two bodies from the bayou: a black man from Chicago and a young, white woman from the community. Are the deaths related? The story centers on the choices of a black, Texas ranger. Will he continue his job as a Ranger or find a safer life in teaching law? Ms. Locke presents the characters with clarity and humanity, and a look at the problems of race in the South. ( )
  delphimo | Jan 8, 2021 |
Set in the East Texas weeds and swamps, this little debut thriller is an eye-opener. Locke takes the best of the thriller and mystery genres and turns them on their head with a hero for today - Darren Matthews, a black Texas Ranger. Suspended and in the midst of a troubled marriage, he takes on the Aryan Brotherhood, in a place where the AB and its racist notions are deeply rooted. Outside of a couple unbelievable procedural turns, the book is just about perfect. Looking forward to the sequel. The book is a great success in so many ways, not the least of which that it's author is an African-American female - not easy for a book with this kind of hero and with this kind of author to get onto the shelves. ( )
  blackdogbooks | Nov 25, 2020 |
This would be an amazing movie. It was very well paced and I can't wait for the next one. ( )
  Chris.Bulin | Oct 1, 2020 |
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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.

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