The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
A Novel

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The book’s best feature is its plantation pageantry, along with the blindingly swoony reactions it prompts on all sides of the social and racial divide.
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From Attica Locke, a writer and producer of FOX’s Empire:

The Cutting Season is a rare murder mystery with heft, a historical novel that thrills, a page-turner that makes you think. Attica Locke is a dazzling writer with a conscience.”—Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author of Wench

After her breathtaking debut novel, Black Water Rising, won acclaim from major publications and respected crime fiction masters like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos, Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a second novel easily as gripping and powerful as her first—a heart-pounding thriller that interweaves two murder mysteries, one on Belle Vie, a historic landmark in the middle of Lousiana’s Sugar Cane country, and one involving a slave gone missing more than one hundred years earlier. Black Water Rising was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an Edgar® Award, and an NAACP Image Award, and was short-listed for the Orange Prize in the U.K.

 

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 September 11, 2012 by Harper. 417 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Travel. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 05 2012

The book’s best feature is its plantation pageantry, along with the blindingly swoony reactions it prompts on all sides of the social and racial divide.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Sep 29 2012

History in the novel is a palpable presence, and presses down on the present...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Val McDermid on Sep 28 2012

...The Cutting Season does what the best crime fiction is can do: it illuminates our present in the light of our past and explains us to ourselves.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Sep 23 2012

...at novel's end, some things are won and some are lost. But Locke's refusal to offer false resolution makes "The Cutting Season" that much stronger, by reminding us that history, that heritage, is all we have.

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Below average
Reviewed by Lectus on Oct 05 2013

Historians of the south might just love this book. Well, I love slave history but this one wasn't working for me. Locke’s prose is just wonderful, I just wasn't smitten by it. I found myself skipping pages just to get the point. But no matter how many pages I skipped, the story seemed to have no end!

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Lectus cn 23 Sep 2013

Historians of the south might just love this book. Well, I love slave history but this one wasn't working for me.

The book has a lot of history that I just didn't find interesting. Is the book ...

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