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.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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Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59 #1) Reviews
This is my third Attica Locke novel and the best yet!!! The setting is East Texas with Texas Ranger Darren Mathews, a black man which is rare in that service, traveling to the small town of Lark looking into the unsolved recent deaths of a Chicago black lawyer and a local white woman. What he turns up in the tiny backwoods town is quite unsettling! Decades thick of racial tensions, + deadly secrets.. this book was unputdownable!!
"The most elemental instinct in human nature is not hate but love, the former inextricably linked to the latter."
Phew! I inhaled this book in one sitting. I've spent a whole Sunday in the hot, sticky backwoods of East Texas, and it was scary. I usually avoid anything related to hate crimes and other racially charged themes because it really gets my blood boiling. Injustice stinks. But this had so many aspects of In the Heat of the Night, that it was hard not to put down. I also didn't anticipate ...more
Bluebird, Bluebird is a complex, multi-layered mystery that takes place in a small East Texas town. The tale is dark, thought-provoking and well-written. I liked but didn’t love the protagonist, Ranger Darren Matthews, who is a bit too troubled but smart and compassionate. The plot’s resolution was believable, and I love the way Attica Locke writes her characters and the setting. Overall, it’s a fabulous book.
I live in Texas and have spent a fair amount of time in East Texas. This book ...more
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“Bluebird bluebird take this letter down South for me.”
Upon winning the Edgar Award, Attica Locke was quoted as saying: “My books are very black, very Texan. I didn’t think there was a place for them.” I hate to admit that were it not for my recent obsession of stalking Little Brown for David Sedaris Calypso posts on Instagram, I might not have ever heard of Bluebird Bluebird myself. Those of you who are a lot more hip than I probabl ...more
Climate change, they call it. This keep up and I'll live long enough to see hell on earth, I guess.
This story was not what I thought it might be at the start. It went a different route and went deeper, examining prejudice and racial tensions in a way I haven't read about before, seen through the eyes of various people having to cope with it in whatever manner they chose or were forced to choose, whether it was by leaving their home, or by acquiescing to their oppressors, or by doing so only outw ...more
Visit https://www.mysteryinminutes.com/revi... to read (and listen to) the complete Mystery in Minutes review! Winner and nominee of multiple awards, including the 2018 Edgar award for Best Novel, and the 2017 Los Angeles Times book prize for mystery/thriller, Bluebird, Bluebird by American author Attica Locke is a mystery novel dripping with southern, blues atmosphere, one that digs deep, and often suspensefully, into interpersonal relationships and family sagas. It is the author's heartfelt lo ...more
Diane S., Kelly(and the Book Boar),and James Thane
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I liked it. It was good. ; ))
I had to keep reminding myself that Bluebird, Bluebird is set today, and not fifty years ago or so. It's depiction of race relations in rural Texas is reminiscent of books I have read about the Jim Crow era, and is quite bleak to say the least. It's a mystery of sorts. Troubled African American Texas Ranger Darren Matthews goes to a small town in East Texas to investigate the seemingly linked murders of a black man and white woman. As the story progresses, it feels like he is peeling back the di ...more