“The nobility is in the fight, son, in all things.”
Darren Matthews is a hard-drinking, black Texas Ranger. His job and his marriage are hanging by a thread after a friend asked him for help and the other guy wound up dead. He is still on suspension when he takes it on himself to, at an FBI buddy’s urging, head out of town to investigate the deaths of a local white woman and a black man passing through rural east Texas.
Bluebird, Bluebird is set in east Texas in the Piney Woods along Highway 59. The copy describes it as “rural noir” and it was the winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best (mystery) Novel. It works well enough as a mystery for me (but then I have never been a mystery fan). It is fairly classed as country noir (my preferred term for the subgenre), although it fits somewhat uneasily. But the two complement each other and make for a stronger book viewed with both aspects in mind.
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