September 2012 eBook of the Month.
Gripping, atmospheric and tragic. Top class literary crime fiction from the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Black Water Rising. Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the plantation house in Louisiana that she has managed for four years. Today she sees nothing unusual, apart from some ground that has been dug up by the fence bordering the sugar cane fields. Assuming an animal has been out after dark, she asks the gardener to tidy it up. It is a dead body. Attica Locke once again provides an unblinking commentary on politics, race, the law, family and love.
The American South in the twenty-first century. A plantation owned for generations by a rich family. So much history. And a dead body. Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house in Louisiana that she has managed for four years. Today she sees nothing unusual, apart from some ground that has been dug up by the fence bordering the sugar can fields. Assuming an animal has been out after dark, she asks the gardener to tidy it up. Not long afterwards, he calls her to say it's something else. Something terrible. A dead body. At a distance, she missed her. The girl, the dirt and the blood. Now she has police on site, an investigation in progress, and a member of staff no one can track down. And Caren keeps uncovering things she will wish she didn't know. As she's drawn into the dead girl's story, she makes shattering discoveries about the future of Belle Vie, the secrets of its past, and sees, more clearly than ever, that Belle Vie, its beauty, is not to be trusted. A magnificent, sweeping story of the south, The Cutting Season brings history face-to-face with modern America, where Obama is president, but some things will never change.
'Attica Locke is a stand-out in every way'
'Locke has an extraordinary gift'
'Akin to George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane'
(New York Times)
'The upper stratum of crime fiction'
Publication date: 04/07/2013
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
|Publication date:||4th July 2013|
|Publisher:||Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Attica Locke's first novel, Black Water Rising, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Attica is also a screenwriter who has written for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, Dreamworks and Silver Pictures. She was 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, with her husband and daughter. Author photo © Jenny WaltersMore About Attica Locke