Debut Mystery Rising

The L.A. Times compares Attica Locke’s debut thriller, Black Water Rising, to Dennis Lehane and Scott Turow; “a near-perfect balance of trenchant social commentary, rich characterizations and an action-oriented plot that, after it kicks in, moves rapidly toward some explosive revelations.”

Locke honed her skills as a screenwriter; she is currently adapting Taylor Branch’s books on the civil-rights movement for HBO and has written scripts for several studios.

Sarah Weinman, who writes insightfully about mysteries for many publications, (including her own blog, “Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind,” a must-read for readers advisors) says in the Canadian National Post, “This debut thriller charges out of the gate, boldly establishing Locke as a name to look out for in years to come,” although she warns, “This is an ambitious, at times messy novel that swings for an outfield one worries it may not reach. But Locke is a young slugger, capable of smacking the hanging curve ball right out of the park.”

Attica Locke is profiled by Celia McGee in the Daily Beast today.

In preoub reviews, Booklist starred it; LJ and Kirkus were both positive, but PW ‘s review was mixed, finding it a “compelling if unwieldy debut…Locke…steers a gritty drama to a satisfying end, though a sluggish subplot involving labor union issues undermines the novel’s grander ambitions. A leaner, meaner version was an opportunity missed, yet Locke remains an author to watch.”

Large libraries own it in modest quantities.

Black Water Rising
Attica Locke
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2009-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061735868 / 9780061735868

Also in audio:

  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (June 9, 2009): $39
  • ISBN-10: 0061772097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061772092

And downloadable eBook from OverDrive.

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  1. RA Alert: Attica Locke Profiled in NYT | EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection Says:

    [...] In today’s NYT, Chip McGrath profiles debut thriller writer, Attica Locke, whose Black Water Rising has received strong review coverage. [...]