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11 May 2010

Book Tour & Review: Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

Title: Black Water Rising
Author: Attica Locke
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 20, 2010
Paperback: 448 pages
ISBN: 978-0061735851
Genre: Mystery, Suspense


From the Publisher:

Jay Porter is hardly the lawyer he set out to be. His most promising client is a low-rent call girl and he runs his fledgling law practice out of a dingy strip mall. But he's long since made peace with not living the American Dream and carefully tucked away his darkest sins: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him.

Houston, Texas, 1981. It is here that Jay believes he can make a fresh start. That is, until the night in a boat out on the bayou when he impulsively saves a woman from drowning—and opens a Pandora's box. Her secrets put Jay in danger, ensnaring him in a murder investigation that could cost him his practice, his family, and even his life. But before he can get to the bottom of a tangled mystery that reaches into the upper echelons of Houston's corporate power brokers, Jay must confront the demons of his past.

With pacing that captures the reader from the first scene through an exhilarating climax, Black Water Rising marks the arrival of an electrifying new talent.

My Review:

In her thrilling debut novel Black Water Rising author Attica Locke takes the reader on a fast paced literary thrill-ride deep in Houston. Jay Porter is down, but not out, when he opens up a law practice in Houston, Texas and with few clinetns. He is working a case with a prostitute who claims she was injured in a car accident as well as promising his father-in-law Reverend Boykins that he would help the longshoremen working in the Ship Channel by speaking with the mayor about fair wages and safety if they strike. Uncertain how to achieve these two goals is difficult enough and then Jay reads the paper about a shooting and the events of the night of a fateful boat ride catch up with him. Locke delivers an exceptional suspense thriller novel that will keep the reader engaged and guessing until the very end. Locke's detailed and at times twisty plot, dedication to capturing the essence of the decades, Jay's past and the present, along with the sentiments regarding race, oil, and government prove to play out exceedingly well in Locke's debut novel Black Water Rising. Rich in tone, voice, and excellent character development Locke expertly weaves all the parts together to create a suspense filled novel that will keep the reader engaged and turning pages long into the night. I highly recommend Black Water Rising to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/ suspense novel.

About the Author

Attica Locke is a writer who has worked in both film and television. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has written movie scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, and Jerry Bruckheimer films, as well as television pilots for HBO, Dreamworks, and Silver Pictures. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab and is currently at work on an HBO miniseries about the civil rights movement, based on the writings of historian Taylor Branch. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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I received a complimentary copy of Black Water Rising by Attica Locke from TLC Book Tours to be a part of this tour and offer my honest review of the novel. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



trish said...

Yay! I can't wait to read this book, and your review made me want to read it more. I bought a copy when I was at the LA Times Festival of Books based on the recommendation of another mystery writer.

Thanks for being on the tour!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thank you for this good review.

Bill ;-)

Hope you'll check out my book giveaway:

Helen's Book Blog said...

Glad you liked it; I did too (I'm on the tour for 5/19)

fredamans said...

Great review! Definitely adding to my list!