'The writing is so beautifully controlled that it is difficult to believe that this is Locke's first foray into fiction' --Daily Mail
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize, critically acclaimed in US and UK (fans include Ellroy, Pelecanos, John Harvey), Attica Locke's debut is now in paperback
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.
From the Back Cover
'An authentic, atmospheric debut that burns with an entirely reasonable anger' Val McDermidOn a dark night in Houston, Jay Porter hears a scream. Saving a woman from drowning in the bayou, he opens a Pandora's Box.An activist in his youth, now a lawyer and expectant father, this small act of heroism becomes a threat to his work, his family and even his life, yet he can't walk away from the cirruption he glimpses. But before he can untangle the mystery that stretches to the highest reaches of corporate power, he must confront the secrets of his past. 'A stylish, involving literary thriller with a strong emphasis on human politics and character' George Pelecanos'Locke has an extraordinary gift' Guardian'Superbly written and hugely compelling ... Black Water Rising's concerns are much wider than the simple thrills it also provides. Locke is excellent at bringing the city to life' Independent'A seamless marriage of social comment and slick crime action' Financial Times
About the Author
Born in Houston, Texas, Attica Locke has worked in film and television for over ten years. She has written movie scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and most recently completed an adaptation of Stephen Carter's The Emperor of Pictures. She now lives in Los Angeles. Black Water Rising is her first novel.