Attica Locke is a screenwriter who has written movie and television scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, Dreamworks and Silver Pictures. She was also a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab and is a graduate of Northwestern University. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. She is currently at work on her second book.
“I’m proud to announce that I’ve joined the staff of the new Fox show, Empire, coming in 2015, as a co-producer and writer. I am so excited about this show. Y’all ready for this? Check out the official trailer at the link.” —Attica Locke, 7/18/14
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Series: Jay Porter Series (Book 2)
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Harper (April 21, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
In this sophisticated thriller, lawyer Jay Porter, hero of Attica Locke’s bestseller Black Water Rising, returns to fight one last case, only to become embroiled once again in a dangerous game of shadowy politics and a witness to how far those in power are willing to go to win.
Fifteen years after the events of Black Water Rising, Jay Porter is struggling to cope with catastrophic changes in his personal life and the disintegration of his environmental law practice. His victory against Cole Oil is still the crown jewel of his career, even if he hasn’t yet seen a dime thanks to appeals. But time has taken its toll. Tired and restless, he’s ready to quit.
When a girl goes missing on Election Night, 1996, in the neighborhood of Pleasantville—a hamlet for upwardly mobile blacks on the north side of Houston—Jay, a single father, is deeply disturbed. He’s been representing Pleasantville in the wake of a chemical fire, and the case is dragging on, raising doubts about his ability.
The missing girl was a volunteer for one of the local mayoral candidates, and her disappearance complicates an already heated campaign. When the nephew of one of the candidates, a Pleasantville local, is arrested, Jay reluctantly finds himself serving as a defense attorney. With a man’s life and his own reputation on the line, Jay is about to try his first murder in a case that will also put an electoral process on trial, exposing the dark side of power and those determined to keep it.
Cutting Season: A Novel
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Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper (September 18, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
In Black Water Rising, Attica Locke delivered one of the most stunning and
sure-handed fiction debuts in recent memory, garnering effusive critical
praise, several award nominations, and passionate reader response. Now Locke
returns with The Cutting Season, a riveting thriller that intertwines two
murders separated across more than a century.
Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.
As the investigation gets under way, the list of suspects grows. But when fresh evidence comes to light and the sheriff's department zeros in on a person of interest, Caren has a bad feeling that the police are chasing the wrong leads. Putting herself at risk, she ventures into dangerous territory as she unearths startling new facts about a very old mystery—the long-ago disappearance of a former slave—that has unsettling ties to the current murder. In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie's history and her own, Caren discovers secrets about both cases—ones that an increasingly desperate killer will stop at nothing to keep buried.
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Series: Jay Porter Series (Book 1)
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (April 20, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
"I may be the luckiest writer alive, and I am certainly the most humbled.
Black Water Rising has been nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Strand Magazine Critics Award, and is a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. And just this morning [April 20th 2010] it was announced that the book is on the short list for the Orange Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious awards for literature in the UK.
Black Water Rising is now in paperback. Help spread the word about a little book that’s catching a lot of people’s attention. If you already have a copy, buy two more for your friends. And please pass this email along…"
xo Attica Locke (Tuesday, April 20, 2010)
Writing in the tradition of Dennis Lehane and Greg Iles, Attica Locke, a
powerful new voice in American fiction, delivers a brilliant debut thriller
that readers will not soon forget.
Jay Porter is hardly the lawyer he set out to be. His most promising client is a low-rent call girl and he runs his fledgling law practice out of a dingy strip mall. But he's long since made peace with not living the American Dream and carefully tucked away his darkest sins: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him.
Houston, Texas, 1981. It is here that Jay believes he can make a fresh start. That is, until the night in a boat out on the bayou when he impulsively saves a woman from drowning—and opens a Pandora's box. Her secrets put Jay in danger, ensnaring him in a murder investigation that could cost him his practice, his family, and even his life. But before he can get to the bottom of a tangled mystery that reaches into the upper echelons of Houston's corporate power brokers, Jay must confront the demons of his past.
With pacing that captures the reader from the first scene through an exhilarating climax, Black Water Rising marks the arrival of an electrifying new talent.
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