Fresh off my review of Savage Season, I am back for another country noir set in East Texas. Bluebird, Bluebird is thick with Texas Rangers and the blues and blood and bubbling racial tensions. I am reading this now and I have thoughts! But I am going to wait for the paperback to hit before I publish my review. You can expect it to go live on August 22.
Bluebird, Bluebird won the 2018 Edgar Award for Best (mystery) Novel.
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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. From a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire, Bluebird, Bluebird is a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas.
Bluebird, Bluebird is already out in hardcover and ebook editions, but, if you prefer your country noir on paper and aren’t made of money, it comes out in paperback on August 28. If you own an ereader and ain’t made out of money, Amazon had the Kindle version on sale for $2.99 last I checked.
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