By Attica Locke
Los Angeles Times publication Prize Finalist (Mystery/Thriller)
Edgar Award Nominee (Best First Novel)
The Orange Prize for Fiction (Shortlist)
“A near-perfect stability of trenchant social observation, wealthy characterizations, and action-oriented plot.... Attica Locke [is] a author clever past her years.”
— Los Angeles Times
“Atmospheric… deeply nuanced... corresponding to George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane.... refined and compelling.”
— New York instances
Writing within the culture of Dennis Lehane and Scott Turow, Attica Locke, a strong new voice in American fiction, offers a super thriller—and the Booklist “Best Debut Crime Novel of 2009”—that readers won't quickly forget.
Jay Porter is rarely the legal professional 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 seeing that made peace with no longer dwelling the yank Dream and punctiliously tucked away his darkest sins: the weapons, the FBI dossier, the trial that almost destroyed him.
Houston, Texas, 1981. it's the following that Jay believes he could make a clean begin. that's, until eventually the evening in a ship out at the bayou while he all of a sudden saves a lady from drowning—and opens a Pandora's field. Her secrets and techniques placed Jay at risk, ensnaring him in a homicide research which may expense him his perform, his kin, or even his existence. yet sooner than he can unravel a tangled secret that reaches into the higher echelons of Houston's company energy agents, Jay needs to confront the demons of his past.
With pacing that captures the reader from the 1st scene via an exciting climax, Black Water emerging marks the arriving of an electrifying new expertise.
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