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Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

"What a ride! Black Water Rising is a superlative debut; a wonderful treatise on the Texas of the 1980s - the best bad town novel in some time. Attica Locke is a stand-out in every imperative-young-writer way."

"Black Water Rising is a terrifying reminder of how recently America was a very bad place to be young, gifted and black. This is an authentic, atmospheric debut that burns with an entirely reasonable anger."
Black Water Rising
Attica Locke

Jay Porter, a young, black lawyer, planned a surprise birthday celebration for his wife.  What he had in mind was not ideal but it hadn’t included rescuing a frightened woman from a river.  That changed both their lives beyond belief.

Piecing together the events that would cause a woman to plead for her life, Jay contacts Cynthia Maddox, the local Mayor. Involved with him in his radical past he involves her again. She provides him with a name - Elise Linsey, a young woman with a colourful history, now holding down a seemingly reputable job working for a local Texas businessman, Thomas Cole of Cole Oil.  Harassment, blackmail and beatings ensue but Jay was never one to give up on a case. It just leaves the big question. What reason is there for Cole Oil to pay residents to move away?

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