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What a ride! Black Water Rising is a superlative debut; a wonderful treatise on the Texas 1980s - the best bad town novel in some time. Attica Locke is a stand-out in every imperative-young-writer way (James Ellroy)
Black Water Rising is a stylish, involving literary thriller with a strong emphasis on human politics and character. An auspicious debut from Attica Locke (George Pelecanos)
Started reading Black Water Rising with my morning coffee and barely set it aside until I'd finished it that evening - that's the kind of grip it has. Attica Locke serves up a rich stew of venal politicians and legal chicanery in which staying alive is hard enough and hanging on to your integrity harder still. Longshoremen, Civil Rights and Big Oil - John Grisham meets Chinatown in 1980s Texas (John Harvey 2009-05-18)
Black Water Rising is a terrifying reminder of how recently America was a very bad place to be young, gifted and black. This is an authentic, atmospheric debut that burns with an entirely reasonable anger (Val McDermid)
the most impressive crime debut I've read this year (Marcel Berlins The Times)
[An] atmospheric, richly convoluted debut novel... she is able to write about Jay's urgent need to behave manfully and become a decent father with a serious, stirring moral urgency akin to that of George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane... subtle and compelling (Janet Maslin New York Times 2009-06-22)
You can almost feel the sweat dripping off this tale; not just the humid heat of Houston but the blowtorch of moral obligation on the underbelly of self-preservation. (Courier Mail, Brisbane Australia 2009-10-10)
Expect plenty more great reads from this talented author. (Image (also in Insider))
Black Water Rising is both an exceptional debut and a novel that strays far outside traditional thriller territory into something both more obsessive and enlightening (Mercury Magazine Australia 2010-01-16)
Black Water Rising, the thrilling debut novel by Attica Locke, crackles along. A film and television scriptwriter for ten years, Locke know how to sustain a narrative... This is no ordinary thriller - both Locke's parents were involved in the civil rights movement and her words have a passionate truth that evokes a real moral urgency (Linda Leatherbarrow New Books 2010-10-09)
Reminiscent of early John Grisham and Walter Mosley, this taut, fast-paced novel heralds an exciting and powerful new voice in fiction. Big oil and its twin, corporate corruption, meet their match with Jay Porter, a struggling personal injury attorney down on his luck, who suddenly finds himself in a situation spiraling out of control. Jay knows a boat ride on the Bayou won't measure up to his wife's expectations of a birthday celebration, but it's all he can afford. Once a man of virtuous ideals, he is now just waiting for a break. All that changes when midway through dinner, gun shots and sharp cries for help ring out. When he fishes a woman out of the Bayou, his sixth sense tells him this charitable act will lead to no good. Unraveling the woman's past, Jay finds himself enmeshed in a web that weaves together greed, politics, and corporate corruption. And the secrets of his own past come back to either haunt or save him.
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