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When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the Lone Star State, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.
When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders - a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman - have 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.
A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
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By Tunde on 01-15-18
Good but very irritating
Why is he constantly grabbing women without consent. He grabbed 3 different women on several occasions. Im just trying to understand what the point of those moments were. I'm a black man from Texas and don't just grab women. I actually left the book feeling irritated
175 of 190 people found this review helpful
By snd220 on 11-09-17
Perfectly Unraveled Gem!
I was not sure I could make it through a story representing the sum of my fears as a Black woman. I placed my trust in the author and was not disappointed at all, well done Ms. Locke! Secrets, abuses of power, racism, duty, misplaced loyalty, and love all unfolded beautifully albeit painfully at times. The complexity of these characters, their relationships, secrets, and fears were gripping from the very beginning. I really appreciated Darren's struggles, failures, and triumphs. Although, I'm still crushing on Jay Porter, I pledge to read all the future installments of Darren's journey. The narrator did a great job conveying the myriad emotions Darren waded through from chapter to chapter! I am looking forward to the next book.
54 of 60 people found this review helpful