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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Attica Locke (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Attica Locke knows Texas, a place that has shaped both her characters and her life. Locke's new book, Bluebird, Bluebird, is evidence of her deep knowledge and love of her community and a deep talent for writing hype thrillers that also manage to be timely, relevant, and keenly insightful." (Joe Ide, author of IQ and Righteous)
"With Bluebird, Bluebird, Attica Locke brings freshness and vitality to a beloved form. Her storytelling touch is just so strong! From the first beautifully done scene until the finale, this is a very propulsive novel concerning old deeds that keep influencing the present, injustice, and courage - a powerful and dramatic look at contemporary black life in rural America." (Daniel Woodrell, author of The Maid's Version)

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Perfectly Unraveled Gem!

I was not sure I could make it through a story representing the sum of my fears as a Black woman. I placed my trust in the author and was not disappointed at all, well done Ms. Locke! Secrets, abuses of power, racism, duty, misplaced loyalty, and love all unfolded beautifully albeit painfully at times. The complexity of these characters, their relationships, secrets, and fears were gripping from the very beginning. I really appreciated Darren's struggles, failures, and triumphs. Although, I'm still crushing on Jay Porter, I pledge to read all the future installments of Darren's journey. The narrator did a great job conveying the myriad emotions Darren waded through from chapter to chapter! I am looking forward to the next book.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Noir, Texas-style

After listening to Attica Locke's previous novel Pleasantville, I eagerly used a credit to purchase Bluebird, Bluebird. Bluebird, Bluebird does not disappoint! The historical context was definitely a plus, and I love that the protagonist is not only a Texas Ranger, but comes from a landed, well-established Black family. The characters' flaws give the book so much more flavor. I'm looking forward to listening to & reading the sequel.


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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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AWESOME!

Very captivating. Will definitely get more from this author. I love that it was a BLACK character.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great story

I was stuck on this book every free moment I had a list and it was riveting and so many twists and times I highly recommend it. The characters are so real and the narration of emotions helped me connect to them on many different levels.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very good book

Although this is murder mystery and has you guessing who was behind the murders, the author gives us a taste of racism that many of us have not experienced. Many things to think about !!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Bluebird, Bluebird

Loved the story but the ending was a puzzle. It left me looking for more. The narrator JD Jackson kept the story alive. Very good narrator and a good book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good but very irritating

Why is he constantly grabbing women without consent. He grabbed 3 different women on several occasions. Im just trying to understand what the point of those moments were. I'm a black man from Texas and don't just grab women. I actually left the book feeling irritated

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Good Story

The story shows how so many people and places are inter connected with one another. Love and hate usually walks so close together.

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Texas

Loved this story of my home state. Can picture the Southeast countryside. Hope there will be a sequel.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A great read

I picked this book because of a recommendation on the New York Times. I had no idea what to expect. It's a beautifully written novel with great character development, beautifully read. It communicates the complexities of race relations in a realist way that adds to the development of the mystery. I'll be looking for more books by this author.