Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
A Novel

63%

11 Critic Reviews

...a sluggish subplot involving labor union issues undermines the novels grander ambitions. A leaner, meaner version was an opportunity missed...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Attica Locke—a writer and producer of FOX’s Empire—delivers an engrossing, complex, and cinematic thriller about crime and racial justice

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist (Mystery/Thriller)
Edgar Award Nominee (Best First Novel)
The Orange Prize for Fiction (Shortlist)

“A near-perfect balance of trenchant social commentary, rich characterizations, and action-oriented plot.... Attica Locke [is] a writer wise beyond her years.”
— Los Angeles Times

“Atmospheric… deeply nuanced... akin to George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane....  Subtle and compelling.”
— New York Times

 

About Attica Locke

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Attica Lockeis a screenwriter who has worked in both film and television. A native of Houston, Texas, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
 
Published June 2, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 450 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Black Water Rising
All: 11 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 6

NY Times

Above average
on Jun 21 2009

Subtle and compelling as it is, “Black Water Rising” is at times overwritten. There are endless references to Jay’s fear, nausea, timidity and general quailing, long after any sensate reader has come to understand what ails him.

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Guardian

Above average
on Nov 28 2009

The ending lacks the punch of the beginning, but leaves plenty of room for a sequel. Jay is a compelling character who coheres despite his contradictions.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average

...a sluggish subplot involving labor union issues undermines the novels grander ambitions. A leaner, meaner version was an opportunity missed...

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Examiner

Good
on Jul 06 2009

Pick this book up and you’ll find yourself immersed in a vivid world crammed with information and ideas you may have known little about. Jay Porter will stay with you long after you close the book for the last time.

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Financial Times

Above average
on Dec 07 2009

Locke has created a decent, fallible hero learning to cope in a transitional time, and she’s particularly good on the small gestures that make characters real.

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LA Times

Good
on Jun 13 2009

Locke deftly moves between past and present action to portray the young lovers as well as re-create the tension between the black and white radical groups on the University of Houston campus.

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The Washington Post

Above average
on Jun 22 2009

In "Black Water Rising" both the bayou and the mystery plot that arises from it are in need of a stronger filtration system.

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Mysterious Reviews

Below average

The description of the dockworkers' pay issues was unclear and also confusing in parts...It took too long for me to want to continue reading this novel.

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Chamber Four

Below average
on Mar 12 2010

...a cause, no matter how righteous, is not enough to float a mystery. I’d be much more willing to watch Locke’s upcoming HBO miniseries on civil rights than to read another book that crams in an ideology where it doesn’t fit.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
on Mar 15 2009

...she skillfully deploys the conventions of the thriller while also presenting biting social commentary, a sure sense of place, and soulful characters.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

It's a powerfully told story, with the angst of Porter's decision making beautifully rendered.

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