Attica Locke

  • Au bord du bayou Attoyac, le corps d'un homme noir, venu de Chicago, est retrouvé. Cause présumée de la mort: noyade après un passage à tabac. Motif de l'agression selon les autorités locales: le vol. Mais pourquoi alors a-t-on retrouvé son portefeuille sur lui? Et pourquoi deux jours plus tard, au bord du même bayou, et juste derrière le café de Geneva Sweet, le cadavre d'une fille blanche est-il découvert? Dans ce Texas où Noirs et Blancs ne fréquentent pas les mêmes bars et où les suprémacistes blancs font recette, le Ranger noir Darren Mathews n'est pas particulièrement le bienvenu. Surtout quand il décide d'interférer dans l'enquête du shérif local. Darren ne connaît que trop bien ce coin de terre, et, malgré son attachement indéfectible à ce pays, il sait qu'il lui faudra mener seul sa quête pour la vérité et la justice. Un suspense aux accents de blues, doublé d'une réflexion toute en nuances sur les racines, les tensions raciales et les discriminations au sein même des communautés.

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  • Houston, Texas, 1996. Les élections municipales approchent, qui voient s'affronter Sandy Wolcott, actuelle district attorney du comté, et Axel Hathorne, l'ancien chef de la police. Pour la première fois, un Afro- Américain est sur le point de l'emporter grâce au soutien massif des habitants de Pleasantville, bastion de la middle class noire avec laquelle la famille Hathorne entretient des liens politiques et sociaux très étroits.
    Alors que la campagne bat son plein, la jeune Alicia Nowell disparaît.

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  • Louisiane, 2009. La plantation de Belle Vie a été transformée en parc d'attractions historique, témoignage d'une époque révolue.
    Mais à Belle Vie comme partout en Amérique, à côté de ce passé reconstitué et souvent mythifié, l'histoire suit son cours. Les champs de canne à sucre appartiennent aujourd'hui au groupe Groveland Farms, qui cherche à s'agrandir et remplace les employés locaux par des immigrés clandestins.
    Un matin, le corps d'une jeune femme est retrouvé près de la clôture de la propriété, la gorge tranchée.
    Pour Caren Gray, responsable du domaine, c'est le début d'une plongée dans les eaux troubles du présent, mais également dans les secrets du passé : Belle Vie, malgré les efforts pour passer sous silence la réalité de son histoire, s'est bâti sur le sang, la violence et l'exploitation...

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  • Jay Porter emmène sa femme faire un tour en bateau sur la rivière. Mais la douceur de cette soirée en amoureux vole en éclats lorsqu'ils entendent des cris et des coups de feu. Sans vraiment réfléchir, Porter se jette à l'eau pour sauver une jeune Blanche de la noyade. Nous sommes à Houston, Texas, en 1981 ; Jay Porter est noir, avocat, ancien militant pour les droits civiques et ne veut surtout pas d'ennuis...

    «Inspiré pour partie par une histoire vraie, Marée noire - premier roman de l'Américaine Attica Locke - révèle une romancière surdouée, qui n'a pas peur des sujets ambitieux.» Baptiste Liger, Lire

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  • Nine-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; instead he found himself all alone, adrift on the vastness of Caddo Lake. A sudden noise - and all goes dark. Ranger Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little blackmail to press her advantage. An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town. With Texas already suffering a new wave of racial violence in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, a black man is a suspect in the possible murder of a missing white boy: the son of an Aryan Brotherhood captain. In deep country where the rule of law only goes so far, Darren has to battle centuries-old prejudices as he races to save not only Levi King, but himself.

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  • On a dark night, out on the Houston bayou to celebrate his wife's birthday, Jay Porter hears a scream. Saving a distressed woman from drowning, he opens a Pandora's Box. Not the lawyer he set out to be, Jay long ago made peace with his radical youth, tucked away his darkest sins and resolved to make a fresh start.

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  • On a dark night, out on the Houston bayou to celebrate his wife's birthday, Jay Porter hears a scream. Saving a distressed woman from drowning, he opens a Pandora's Box. Not the lawyer he set out to be, Jay long ago made peace with his radical youth, tucked away his darkest sins and resolved to make a fresh start.

  • Anglais The Cutting Season

    Attica Locke

    Just after dawn, Caren inspects the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house she manages. Back at her office, the gardener calls to tell her she missed something. Something terrible.



    At a distance, she didn't see. A young woman lying face down in a shallow grave, her throat cut clean.



    So there will be police, asking questions. The family who own Belle Vie will have to be told. There's a school group on the way to visit. Where is Donovan, the member of staff no one has seen? And all the time, Caren is thinking that there are only so many keys, only so many ways in to Belle Vie with its six foot high perimeter fence. And as she lives on site with her daughter, she wonders: how much danger are they in?



    A thriller with as much heart as it has pace, Attica Locke combines a riveting mystery with a shattering story of how our history is never just the past.

    Extra bonus material in the paperback and ebook editions includes the author's influences, playlist, recommended Southern novels, and reading group questions.

  • Anglais Pleasantville

    Attica Locke

    It's 1996, Bill Clinton has just been re-elected and in Houston a mayoral election is looming. As usual the campaign focuses on Pleasantville - the African-American neighbourhood of the city that has swung almost every race since it was founded to house a growing black middle class in 1949.



    Axel Hathorne, former chief of police and the son of Pleasantville's founding father Sam Hathorne, was the clear favourite, all set to become Houston's first black mayor. But his lead is slipping thanks to a late entrant into the race - Sandy Wolcott, a defence attorney riding high on the success of a high-profile murder trial.



    And then, just as the competition intensifies, a girl goes missing, apparently while canvassing for Axel. And when her body is found, Axel's nephew is charged with her murder.



    Sam is determined that Jay Porter defends his grandson. And even though Jay is tired of wading through other people's problems, he suddenly finds himself trying his first murder case, a trial that threatens to blow the entire community wide open, and reveal the lengths that those with power are willing to go to hold onto it.

  • Anglais Bluebird, Bluebird

    Attica Locke

    A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV/Channel 4 show Empire
    'Dazzlingly good ... a seriously impressive writer' Observer
    Southern fables usually go the other way around. A white woman is killed or harmed in some way, real or imagined, and then, like the moon follows the sun, a black man ends up dead.
    But when it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about his home state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.
    So when allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he is drawn to a case in the small town of Lark, where two dead bodies washed up in the bayou. First a black lawyer from Chicago and then, three days later, a local white woman, and it's 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.

  • Anglais The cutting season

    Attica Locke

    Just after dawn, Caren inspects the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house she manages. Back at her office, the gardener calls to tell her she missed something. Something terrible. At a distance, she didn't see. A young woman lying face down in a shallow grave, her throat cut clean. So there will be police, asking questions.

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