Thursday, June 11, 2009

Attica Locke's Black Water Rising

New Voices: Author Attica Locke
The author is out with a mystery about a young black lawyer who gets entangled in a murder case.
The book: Black Water Rising, Harper, 427 pp., $25.99.

What it's about: In 1981, a young black attorney gets entangled in a murder case after he rescues a white woman from the waters of a Houston bayou.

Why it's notable: The opening scenes are inspired by an actual event: When she was 10, Locke's family was on a boat trip on the bayou when they heard a woman scream, and then shots were fired. MORE