Heaven, My Home

Narrated by: JD Jackson
Series: Highway 59, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (388 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this "captivating" crime novel (People), Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is on the hunt for a missing boy - but it's the boy's family of white supremacists who are his real target. 

Nine-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; now he's alone in the darkness of vast Caddo Lake, in a boat whose motor just died. A sudden noise distracts him - and all goes dark.

Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; after the events of his previous investigation, his marriage is in a precarious state of re-building, and his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little maternal blackmail to press her advantage. 

An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town where the local economy thrives on nostalgia for ante-bellum Texas - and some of the era's racial attitudes still thrive as well. Levi's disappearance has links to Darren's last case, and to a wealthy businesswoman, the boy's grandmother, who seems more concerned about the fate of her business than that of her grandson. Darren has to battle centuries-old suspicions and prejudices, as well as threats that have been reignited in the current political climate, as he races to find the boy, and to save himself.  

A Best Book of the Year

New York Times * Houston Chronicle * NPR * Wall Street Journal * Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel * Book Page * Financial Times * Kirkus * SheReads * Sunday Times * LitHub * Guardian * Book Riot * South Florida Sun Sentinel

Longlisted for the Orwell Political Fiction Book Prize

©2019 Attica Locke (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"JD Jackson needs the range of a grand piano to do justice to Attica Locke's East Texas, and his skills and appealing baritone have it covered.... Locke is protecting no one here, and Jackson makes these flawed, believable characters a pleasure to love or hate. Add some antebellum fantasy tourist trap fraudsters, and you have a distinctly uncozy puzzle for our time, beautifully performed." (AudioFile magazine)

"In addition to her gifts for tight pacing and intense lyricism, Locke shows with this installment of her Highway 59 series a facility for unraveling the tangled strands of the Southwest's cultural legacy and weaving them back together with the volatile racial politics and traumatic economic stresses of the present day.... Locke's advancement here is so bracing that you can't wait to discover what happens next along her East Texas highway." (Kirkus, starred review) 

"Locke makes the complex backstory accessible. This one's another Edgar contender." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

"This is a beautifully and instantly gripping crime novel.... Locke is one of the emerging stars of crime fiction." (Booklist, starred review) 

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Outstanding

I feel like I know these people. This place. Such beautiful writing. Locke's books are a gift .

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Liked it more than disliked it

Perhaps because I live in Jefferson, TX I am more critical of Heaven, My Home than I would be otherwise. Ms Locke is not kind to Jefferson or the people that live here. Darin is a protagonist who is hard to like, especially when he does things you know are wrong. But he is a complex character, more so than some who are more stereotypical. But in the end I am open to reading book three in this series when it comes out. Performance was good except for regularly mispronouncing Tejas. It is an h sound, not a j sound. Especially annoying with Tejas repeatedly used to compare/contrast friendship in Texas.

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Hastily Written, Poorly Performed

I have listened to Attica Locke's three previous books, which were wonderful, and I mean WONDERFUL. I'm not a fan of this narrator, but Bluebird, Bluebird was so well constructed that I could overlook his delivery. This book, however, her second in this series, feels hastily written, and could not help me forget how much I disliked the voice reading it. The ideas are all there - waiting to be better organized and delivered- but the story doesn't do them the justice they deserve. I don't know if Ms Locke switched editors or if they all decided that getting this book out fast was more important than doing a good job. Whatever the reason, this book doesn't hold a candle to her others, and it's a shame because it has at least as much to say.

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AMAZING! I love this author!

This is the second book I listened from this author and I’m mesmerized by his stories, writing style, and his profound connections to contemporary issues. To listen to his books has been therapeutic for me. It has transported me to another universe (reality). I grew so fond of the main characters that I didn’t want this book to conclude. This was my “me” time, where I’d go to Texas and experience along Ranger Matthews the events that unfolded in those regions. Get this book and transport yourself to another universe—which is never boring, naive, or unrealistic. I hope there is a sequel to this. I CANNOT WAIT!

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I'm Locked in to LOCKE

As a long time mystery and crime thriller lover, finding Attica Locke made my day because I also love literature. Her books offer a lens into small town life and the ways racism continues to exist, threading through the community like a pox. Her Black Texas Ranger crime solver is a complicated and flawed man on the right side. He knows that the neo-Nazi arrested for a murder is an innocent man. Excellent characterizations, excellent social history, excellent thriller, excellent book.

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Good not great

This was a book that initially drew me in, but didn’t deliver like previous ones in this series. The old storyline was underdeveloped and the ending was sub par. Overall about a 3.5.

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Interesting point of view

If you're a black Texas Ranger, what effect does a white supremacist's racism have on you when you're interrogating her? This is the kind of insight that makes Attica Locke's crime novels more interesting than the typical crime novel. She also does a great job developing a sense of place along Highway 59 - East Texas and Louisiana and the histories of the people who live there. Recommended.

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Great Story

There were so many relevant and relatable thoughts conveyed in the telling of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the depth of the journey the book took you on through race, politics and internal struggle to be the best version of yourself. Great story!

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Perfect!

It takes an amazing writer to evoke compassion for characters that you know you should hate. A great read with a twist that I didn't see coming...and I always see them coming. Can't wait for the next book in this series.

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Too bad - Would have been five stars except…

A well conceived and written book but unfortunately the author chose to use it as a vehicle to smear President-elect Trump. It is one thing to make comments as opinions, it’s totally different to present them as fact. I have no problem with the former, but I do with the latter. This excellent book was diminished as a result.

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