Au bord du bayou Attoyac, le corps d'un homme noir est retrouvé. Cause présumée de la mort:noyade après un passage à tabac. Motif de l'agression selon les autorités locales:le vol. Mais pourquoi alors a-t-on retrouvé son portefeuille sur lui? Et pourquoi deux jours plus tard, au bord du même bayou, et juste derrière le café de Geneva Sweet, le cadavre d'une fille blanche est-il découvert? Dans ce Texas où Noirs et Blancs ne fréquentent pas les mêmes bars et où les suprémacistes blancs font recette, le Ranger noir Darren Mathews n'est pas particulièrement le bienvenu...
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS PRIZE 2016 It's 1996, Bill Clinton has just been re-elected and in Houston a mayoral election is looming. As usual the campaign focuses on Pleasantville -- the African-American neighbourhood of the city that has swung almost every race since it was founded to house a growing black middle class in 1949. Axel Hathorne, former chief of police and the son of Pleasantville's founding father Sam Hathorne, was the clear favourite, all set to become Houston's first black mayor. But his lead is slipping thanks to a late entrant into the race -- Sandy Wolcott, a defence attorney riding high on the success of a high-profile murder trial. And then, just as the competition intensifies, a girl goes missing, apparently while canvassing for Axel. And when her body is found, Axel's nephew is charged with her murder. Sam is determined that Jay Porter defends his grandson. And even though Jay is tired of wading through other people's problems, he suddenly finds himself trying his first murder case, a trial that threatens to blow the entire community wide open, and reveal the lengths that those with power are willing to go to hold onto it.
Nine-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; instead he found himself all alone, adrift on the vastness of Caddo Lake. A sudden noise - and all goes dark. Ranger Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little blackmail to press her advantage. An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town. With Texas already suffering a new wave of racial violence in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, a black man is a suspect in the possible murder of a missing white boy: the son of an Aryan Brotherhood captain. In deep country where the rule of law only goes so far, Darren has to battle centuries-old prejudices as he races to save not only Levi King, but himself.
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