Black Water Rising: A Novel by Attica Locke

By Attica Locke

Writing within the culture of Dennis Lehane and Greg Iles, Attica Locke, a robust new voice in American fiction, promises an excellent debut mystery that readers won't quickly forget.

Jay Porter is not often the attorney he got down to be. His so much promising shopper is a low-rent name woman and he runs his fledgling legislation perform out of a dingy strip mall. yet he's lengthy due to the fact that made peace with no longer dwelling the yank Dream and thoroughly tucked away his darkest sins: the weapons, the FBI dossier, the trial that just about destroyed him.

Houston, Texas, 1981. it really is right here that Jay believes he could make a clean begin. that's, till the evening in a ship out at the bayou while he abruptly saves a girl from drowning—and opens a Pandora's field. Her secrets and techniques placed Jay at risk, ensnaring him in a homicide research that can price him his perform, his kin, or even his existence. yet prior to he can resolve a tangled secret that reaches into the higher echelons of Houston's company strength agents, Jay needs to confront the demons of his past.

With pacing that captures the reader from the 1st scene via a thrilling climax, Black Water emerging marks the coming of an electrifying new expertise.

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He supposedly quit when Bernie got pregnant, but he keeps a stash here and there, in his car and at the office. He pockets the pack of cigarettes and carries the toolbox into the living room. The whole thing takes him over an hour, but he manages to get piece A to fit with B, and B to fit with C, and so on. Before long, he has a crib. He lays the tiny, vinyl-covered mattress inside and runs his fingers along the handrailing. It’s white-painted plywood, cheap but sturdy. They’ll have to get some little sheets to go with it, maybe put up a mobile sometime, one that plays a melody.

Or blood. He is too afraid to touch it, to have any of this on his hands.

They ride in silence, the stranger in the back and Bernie in the front passen­ 22 Attic a L o c ke ger seat. Jay keeps the Buick Skylark at an even thirty-five miles an hour, careful not to draw any undue attention. He’s keenly aware of the irony, his fear of being stopped by cops on his way to a police station. But driving a strange white woman, whose name he never got, at this time of night, in this city, makes him edgy, cautious. He wouldn’t have offered to drive her at all if Bernie hadn’t insisted.

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