From the acclaimed author of Black Water Rising, a heart-pounding thriller that interweaves two murder mysteries, one on Belle Vie, a historic landmark in the middle of Lousiana's Sugar Cane country and one involving a slave gone missing over one hundred years earlier.
From an author whose first book drew critical acclaim, multiple prize nominations, and comparisons to Scott Turrow and Walter Mosley, comes a page-turning tour de force that dares to explore how we reconcile this country's past with its future.
Belle Vie is a plantation of genteel beauty and manicured grounds that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. For some it represents the values of the South before the Civil War, for others it's a reminder of slavery's dark legacy, a time when enforced labor fueled the economy. But when Caren Gray, the estate's manager learns that the body of a young woman has just been found lying face down in a shallow grave, her throat cut clean, it's suddenly the site of a murder investigation.
There's no telling who wanted the victim dead. A local could be making a violent statement about migrant workers, trucked in and out seasonally, only to take jobs away from families that have worked cane for generations. Or it could be someone striking out against Groveland, the corporation that managed to talk the first family in the area into selling their farm to the highest bidder.
When the investigation takes an unsavory turn, Gray is compelled to discover what, if anything, the woman's violent death has to do with an earlier mystery, one that originated in the slave quarters nearly two hundred years ago. It's a twenty-first century mystery that forces Caren to delve into the murky waters of the plantation's past - and her own - all while creeping frighteningly closer to the realization that the killer may be a lot closer than she ever could have imagined.
The author of Black Water Rising, Attica Locke has worked in both film and television. As a screenwriter, she has written for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and HBO. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute's Feature Filmmaker's Lab. Her first book was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image award and the UK's Orange prize. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
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Descripción Harper, 2012. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 62222813