Black Water Rising

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Serpent's Tail, 2010 - Corporations - 434 pages
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Black Water Rising was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.On a dark night, out on the Houston bayou to celebrate his wife's birthday, Jay Porter hears a scream. Saving a distressed woman from drowning, he opens a Pandora's Box.Not the lawyer he set out to be, Jay long ago made peace with his radical youth, tucked away his darkest sins and resolved to make a fresh start. His impulsive act out on the bayou is heroic, but it puts Jay in danger, ensnaring him in a murder investigation that could cost him is practice, his family and even his life. Before he can untangle the mystery that stretches to the highest reaches of corporate power, he must confront the demons of his past.A provocative thriller with an exhilarating climax, Black Water Rising marks the arrival of an electrifying new talent.

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User Review  - KarenHerndon - LibraryThing

This is one of the best mystery/ thrillers I have read in some time. I liked everything about te book- story plot, characters, writing style, even the ending. My hope is to see more written by this author. Read full review

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User Review  - bfister - LibraryThing

A disolusioned young lawyer, afraid that his activist past will destroy his tenuous hold on a middle-class existence, is sucked into investigating a murder connected to the oil industry when a white ... Read full review

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Attica Locke is a screenwriter who has written for Paramount, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, HBO and Dreamworks; she currently contributes to the hit show Empire.Locke's first novel Black Water Rising was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her most recent book, The Cutting Season, was published in 2013. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and daughter.

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