By Attica Locke
Writing within the culture of Dennis Lehane and Greg Iles, Attica Locke, a strong new voice in American fiction, promises a super debut mystery that readers won't quickly forget.
Jay Porter is infrequently the attorney he got down to be. His so much promising shopper is a low-rent name lady and he runs his fledgling legislation perform out of a dingy strip mall. yet he's lengthy because made peace with now not residing the yankee Dream and punctiliously tucked away his darkest sins: the weapons, the FBI dossier, the trial that almost destroyed him.
Houston, Texas, 1981. it really is right here that Jay believes he could make a clean commence. that's, until eventually the evening in a ship out at the bayou while he unexpectedly saves a lady from drowning—and opens a Pandora's field. Her secrets and techniques placed Jay at risk, ensnaring him in a homicide research that may price him his perform, his relations, or even his existence. yet ahead of he can unravel a tangled secret that reaches into the higher echelons of Houston's company energy agents, Jay needs to confront the demons of his past.
With pacing that captures the reader from the 1st scene via an exciting climax, Black Water emerging marks the arriving of an electrifying new expertise.
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He’s heard this story a dozen times, and it has never sounded more ridiculous than it does right now, with her on the stand. He frankly never expected the case to get this far. He was sure just the mention of Ms. Moreland’s name and profession to the defendant’s lawyer, the fact that she claimed any association with Mr. Cummings, would be enough for an instant settlement. He actually imagined the whole thing would be handled in a single phone call. But he grossly underestimated Charlie Luckman’s propensity for bluff calling.
Jay, transﬁxed, reads it two more times. Buffalo Bayou. Fifth Ward. White male, shot twice. His ﬁrst thought is of her, the woman from the boat. He remembers the rock and roll of water beneath their feet, the screams and the gunshots, two, one on top of the other. He remembers the taste of the bayou water, bitter and foul. They’ve mentioned her only once. Sunday morning Bernie lay in bed and told him the dream she’d had the night before. They were on an island somewhere, riding around on a bus.
She starts to take it off right there in the hallway. “Not here,” he says, surprised, again, by how much instruction she needs. He looks up and down the hallway, making sure opposing counsel hasn’t witnessed this whole routine, his client’s backstage preparations. He nods toward the ladies’ washroom across the way. ” The hearing is due to start in three minutes, and it won’t look good for them to be late before this judge. Jay is going to need as much goodwill and mercy as the court will see ﬁt to offer.
Black Water Rising: A Novel by Attica Locke