The Cutting Season

by Attica Locke

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

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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 Cutting Season Synopsis

Bury your bodies deep, and your secrets deeper. Just after dawn, Caren inspects the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house she manages. Back at her office, the gardener calls to tell her she missed something. Something terrible. At a distance, she didn't see. A young woman lying face down in a shallow grave, her throat cut clean. So there will be police, asking questions. The family who own Belle Vie will have to be told. There's a school group on the way to visit. Where is Donovan, the member of staff no one has seen? And all the time, Caren is thinking that there are only so many keys, only so many ways in to Belle Vie with its six foot high perimeter fence. And as she lives on site with her daughter, she wonders: how much danger are they in? A thriller with as much heart as it has pace, Attica Locke combines a riveting mystery with a shattering story of how our history is never just the past.

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The Cutting Season Press Reviews

'Rich in atmosphere, strong in story, hinges on human complexity. The tangled rope of history has a stranglehold on everyone... illuminates our present and explains us to ourselves... leaving us on the edge of our seats, hearts in our mouths' Val McDermid, Guardian

 

'Genuinely unnerving... interested in subtle, complex questions of identity, family and history
(Daily Mail)

'Locke was shortlisted for the Orange prize for her debut. This is even better'
(Observer)

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ISBN: 9781846688041
Publication date: 04/07/2013
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846688041
Publication date: 04/07/2013
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846688041
Publication date: 4th July 2013
Author: Attica Locke
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Attica Locke

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 Walters

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