New Fiction: Pleasantville – Attica Locke

Locke’s got an enviable pedigree in that her last novel was tapped as an early pick for Dennis Lehane’s imprint. That gives you of sense of the level she’s working at. Like Lehane, Locke’s plots drive suspenseful stories that are as much interested in character, politics and regional culture as they are in the whodunit. In this new book she returns to the landscape and a main character from her Edgar- and Orange Prize nominated Black Water Rising. It’s a story of big oil, corruption, pollution and the Black middle class in 1990’s Houston.

Media kicks off with and interview on NPR’s Morning Edition on 4/21 as well a feature in the Los Angeles Times and an appearance at the LA Book Festival.

“Locke, a sharp and gifted writer, delivers a complex, suspenseful legal thriller that offers a sophisticated appraisal of our deeply flawed political process, one that is likely to resound with readers.”
Booklist (starred review)

 A thriller wrapped in an involving story of community and family dynamics. Locke serves up a panorama of nuanced characters and writes with intelligence and depth.”
 — Kirkus Reviews

“Locke’s gripping thriller opens on election night 1996, when a teenage girl disappears from Pleasantville, a predominantly black Houston suburb. Her body is found, raising eerie comparisons to two other unsolved murders, and attorney Jay Porter, introduced in 2009’s Black Water Rising, reluctantly agrees to represent [the] murder suspect…Jay, a former civil rights activist struggling to keep his law practice afloat, navigates a convoluted maze of dark money, family secrets, and high-powered manipulation that threatens his and his loved ones’ safety. …. [T]he twist-filled plot will keep readers eagerly turning the pages”
Publishers Weekly

Pleasantville (9780062259400) by Attica Locke. $26.99 hardcover. 4/21/15 on sale.

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