Heaven, My Home

Heaven, My Home

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Longlisted for the Orwell Prize 2020

A Sunday Times Book of the Year
A Times Crime Club top 40 crime book of the last five years

'Political crime fiction of the highest order' Sunday Times

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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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 255g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1781257701
  • 9781781257708
  • 9,735

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A powerful, angry, important book. Attica Locke is a major talent. Mick Herron, author of Slow Horses
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A powerful, angry, important book. Attica Locke is a major talent. -- Mick Herron, author of Slow Horses One of America's finest crime novelists ... a beautifully wrought mystery and an incisive portrait of the American South in the age of Trump. -- John Williams * Daily Mail * A superb thriller * The Times * Heaven, My Home is a propulsive and compelling novel, worthy of comparisons to Walter Mosley. The story whips along towards a resolution so neat and tidy that it skates very close to cliche, but Locke's exploration of Matthews's predicament digs deep into the tension between "the impulse to police crimes against black life and to protect black life from police". It is buttressed by passages of gorgeous lyricism, with loving, elegiac evocations of Texas set alongside extended meditations on displacement, reconciliation and forgiveness, and on what "home" means in a place where it's an idea you can't "exactly touch". -- Sara Collins * Guardian * In remote rural Texas, the descendants of freed slaves share their land with some of the state's last Native Americans. Attica Locke's magnificent new novel, Heaven, My Home, is set on the side of a lake where this small community struggles to survive, encroached on by angry white men who deal in drugs and stolen goods. Into this unstable situation comes Darren Matthews, a Texas Ranger from Houston sent to investigate the disappearance of a nine-year-old white boy. Locke's novel is set in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, and shines an unflinching light on an ugly side of contemporary America. -- Joan Smith * Sunday Times * A tightly plotted crime novel centring on the disappearance of a child, and a blistering look at race in Donald Trump's America. -- Sarah Hughes * iPaper * The most celebrated African-American writer of crime fiction. Although her books are about the black experience in the US, they are universal in scope ... a consummate storyteller. * Financial Times * Praise for Bluebird, Bluebird:
'America's most interesting crime writer' * Daily Telegraph * This is the best kind of thriller: as literate and thoughtful as it is fast-moving. Attica Locke has bags of style, and sings the blues on every page ... the curtain-raiser for what promises to be a compelling series -- Mick Herron, author of Slow Horses Mesmerising ... In this age of enduring and renewed racial tensions, we need her voice more than ever -- Esi Edugyan Locke's writing is both sharp-edged and lyrical. This is thoughtful, piercing storytelling with the power to transport * Financial Times * Attica Locke has both mastered the thriller and exceeded it. Ranger Darren Mathews is tough, honour-bound and profoundly alive in a corrupt world -- Ann Patchett Locke brings freshness and vitality to a beloved form ... A powerful and dramatic look at contemporary black life in rural America -- Daniel Woodrell A superb thriller -- The Times Uncompromising, intelligent crime fiction that refuses to sugar-coat the answers. -- Sarah Hughes * iNews *
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About Attica Locke

Attica Locke is the author of Bluebird, Bluebird which won the CWA Steel Dagger and an Edgar Award; Pleasantville, which won the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; Black Water Rising, which was nominated for an Edgar Award and shortlisted for the Orange Prize; and The Cutting Season, a national bestseller and winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Attica Locke has worked on the adaptation of Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere and Ava DuVernay's Netflix series about the Central Park Five, When They See Us. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
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2,308 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 25% (578)
4 49% (1,126)
3 23% (520)
2 3% (71)
1 1% (13)
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