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Bluebird, Bluebird

(2017)
(The first book in the Highway 59 series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Edgar Awards Best Novel
Southern fables usually go the other way around. A white woman is killed or harmed in some way, real or imagined, and then, like the moon follows the sun, a black man ends up dead.

But when it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about his home state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

So when allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he is drawn to a case in the small town of Lark, where two dead bodies washed up in the bayou. First a black lawyer from Chicago and then, three days later, a local white woman, and it's stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes - and save himself in the process - before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Attica Locke knows Texas, a place that has shaped both her characters and her life. Locke's new book, Bluebird, Bluebird, is evidence of her deep knowledge and love of her community and a deep talent for writing hype thrillers that also manage to be timely, relevant and keenly insightful." - Joe Ide

"Attica Locke is a must-read author who writes with power, grace, and heart, and Bluebird, Bluebird is a remarkable achievement. This is a rare novel that thrills, educates, and inspires all at once. Don't miss it." - Michael Koryta

"Attica Locke's Bluebird, Bluebird reads like a blues song to East Texas with all its troubles over property, race, and love. Taut where it has to be to keep a murder investigation on its toes, this novel is also languid when you need to understand just what would keep a black woman or man in a place where so much troubled history lies. This novel marks Love's (and Hatred's) comings and goings amongst black and white, and all the shades between. Locke's small town murder investigation reveals what lies at the heart of America's confusion over race." - Walter Mosley

"Bluebird, Bluebird has the impeccable pacing, memorable characters, and deepening sense of mystery and dread we expect in the finest noir thrillers. But this is so much more. Attica Locke has written a marvelous novel." - Ron Rash

"Attica Locke knows how to tell a tale, her voice so direct and crisp that the dust from the side of Highway 59 will settle on your hands as you hold Bluebird, Bluebird. Nothing comes easy in Shelby County, where the lines between right and wrong blur a little more with each heartfelt page, and love and pain live together as one under the big Texas sun." - Michael Farris Smith

"With Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke brings freshness and vitality to a beloved form. Her storytelling touch is just so strong! From the first beautifully done scene until the finale, this is a very propulsive novel concerning old deeds that keep influencing the present, injustice and courage---a powerful and dramatic look at contemporary black life in rural America." - Daniel Woodrell


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September 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59)
Author(s): Attica Locke
ISBN: 1-78125-767-1 / 978-1-78125-767-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
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September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird (Thorndike Press Large Print African-American)
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ISBN: 1-4328-4318-4 / 978-1-4328-4318-2 (USA edition)
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September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird
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ISBN: 0-316-36329-4 / 978-0-316-36329-7 (USA edition)
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59)
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ISBN: 0-316-36327-8 / 978-0-316-36327-3 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59)
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ISBN: 1-78125-768-X / 978-1-78125-768-5 (UK edition)
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September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59)
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ISBN: 1-78125-896-1 / 978-1-78125-896-5 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

May 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird
Author(s): Attica Locke
ISBN: 1-5491-1918-4 / 978-1-5491-1918-7
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May 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird: Library Edition
Author(s): Attica Locke
ISBN: 1-5491-1917-6 / 978-1-5491-1917-0
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September 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird
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Kindle Editions

September 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59 Book 1)
Author(s): Attica Locke
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