The past and the present are inextricably bound, and history is examined, re-examined, and refined within the context of a changing world of ideas, new evidence, and reform. Attica Locke demonstrated this in her first crime book, Black Water Rising, (nominated for an Orange Prize in 2009). Once again, she braids controversial social and historical issues with an intense and multi-stranded mystery.
Locke artfully informs Cutting Season with the dark corners of our nationâ€™s past and the ongoing prejudices and failures to live up to the enlightened ideals of equality and justice. Her fiction tells the truth through an imaginative storyline, and she enfolds these issues and more in this lush historical novel of murder, racism, and family. The title of the book refers to the season of sugarcane cutting.
March 22, 2014
Â· Judi Clark Â· Comments Closed
Tags: Attica Locke, Crime, Harper Perennial, Louisiana Â· Posted in: Class - Race - Gender, Mystery/Suspense, Reading Guide, US South, y Award Winning Author
THE CONSUMMATA finds Morgan the Raider on the run in Miamiâ€™s Little Havana and being chased by â€śfederal suitsâ€ť teamed with â€ślocal fuzzâ€ť who think he has 40 million dollars in stolen funds. With no place to hide, the chase seems to be coming to its inevitable conclusion, but suddenly Morgan finds himself snatched and hidden from the feds by some of Little Havanaâ€™s Cuban community.
Australian author Garry Disher has a solid reputation for his Inspector Challis police procedurals, but on Disherâ€™s other creative side of the law, thereâ€™s also the Wyatt series. Wyatt, a methodical, cool and collected anti-hero is a Melbourne crook, and Disherâ€™s Wyatt series is frequently considered by crime aficionados as an Aussie counterpart to Robert Parkerâ€™s Stark series. Wyatt, a heist novel, is the seventh book in the series and it appears after a 13-year-break.
Eoin Colfer? He writes those kidâ€™s books, Artemis Fowl, doesnâ€™t he? Whatâ€™s someone who writes really popular childrenâ€™s books doing writing a crime novel? Well according to the dedication, Irish author Eoin Colfer says the book is â€śFor Ken Bruen who made me do it.â€ť So we have Bruen to thank for this first book in what promises to be an entertaining series.
In THE CUT, the first book in a new series, George Pelecanos presents 29-year old tough private investigator and Iraqi war vet Spero Lucas. Lucasâ€™s main job is to help defense attorney Tom Petersen, but he also works on his own at times. After helping gather information that leads to the acquittal of 15-year-old David Hawkins, Spero, at the request of Petersen, decides to visit with Davidâ€™s father Anwan Hawkins, a drug dealer also represented by attorney Tom Petersen. Hawkins, in prison awaiting a major drug charge, wants Spero to investigate some theft of marijuana from a couple of his employees who are still running his drug business. Although somewhat reluctant, Spero decides to help as long as his 40% return fee cut is agreed to by Hawkins.
THE HYPNOTIST, written by Lars Kepler (a pseudonym for a husband and wife team writing together in Sweden), was tauted by Janet Maslin of The New York Times as â€śThe summerâ€™s likeliest new Nordic hit.â€ť The writing is compared to that of Steig Larsson and Henning Mankell. Other than the novel taking place in Sweden, I observed little or no similarities to either of these two writers.