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Heaven, My Home

Narrated by: JD Jackson
Series: Highway 59, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, African-American
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling follow-up to the award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird: Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is on the hunt for a boy who's gone missing - 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 Matthews 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.

Attica Locke proves that the acclaim and awards for Bluebird, Bluebird were justly deserved, in this thrilling new novel about crimes old and new.

©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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  • 10-15-19

Great story; mediocre narration at best

Being a fan of Bahni Turpin and Caroline Lee, I know that my standard may be high. J.D. Jackson simply reads the book. He reads it as a fourth-grader would read out loud. It's not at all a performance and for me it distracts from the really interesting story the author tells. I managed to finish simply out of a desire to know the ending.

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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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Political Propaganda

The author presents a very skewed depiction of reality as fact. The hero is a corrupt drunk covering up a murder (maybe another of a child) justified as it was black on white crime yet the president is the problem and every opportunity is taken to mention it.

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