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By Attica Locke

Writing within the culture of Dennis Lehane and Greg Iles, Attica Locke, a strong new voice in American fiction, provides an excellent debut mystery that readers won't quickly forget.

Jay Porter is infrequently the attorney he got down to be. His so much promising consumer is a low-rent name lady and he runs his fledgling legislation perform out of a dingy strip mall. yet he's lengthy considering 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's right here that Jay believes he could make a clean begin. that's, until eventually the evening in a ship out at the bayou whilst he swiftly saves a lady from drowning—and opens a Pandora's field. Her secrets and techniques positioned Jay at risk, ensnaring him in a homicide research which can price him his perform, his kin, or even his lifestyles. yet ahead of he can resolve a tangled secret that reaches into the higher echelons of Houston's company strength agents, Jay needs to confront the demons of his past.

With pacing that captures the reader from the 1st scene via a thrilling climax, Black Water emerging marks the arriving of an electrifying new expertise.

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Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The first number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi­ can woman who sounds to be about eighty. She’s never heard of Dana Moreland. Jay leaves a note on Eddie Mae’s desk: they’ve got to find the witness. He gets home late, after eight o’clock. Bernie is already in bed, snoring. She left a plate for him on the stove.

Charlie passes on a cross-exam. For his direct, he walks a sta­ pled stack of papers to the judge’s bench: the cop’s affidavit and the original police report. The judge reads the pages in silence while they all wait. The court reporter checks a chipped nail. The bailiff looks at his watch. Out in the hallway, they can hear rubber soles squeaking on the linoleum and one side of an argu­ ment about who has the best catfish plate, Delfina’s on Main or Guido’s. Finally, Judge Hicks looks up, looks right at Jay.

By now, he’s onto the hustle. “If I could just get a little money,” the guy starts. “I’ll pay you back, I swear. ” Jay stands and shows him to the door. The hooker is the only bright spot on the horizon. He tries a couple of phone numbers Ms. Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The first number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi­ can woman who sounds to be about eighty.

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