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Attica Locke

Biography

Attica Locke

Attica Locke’s first novel, BLACK WATER RISING, was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize in the UK (now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction). Her second book, THE CUTTING SEASON published by Dennis Lehane Books, is a national bestseller, and is a winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Locke was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab. She’s written scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and HBO, and is a writer and producer of the Fox drama "Empire."

A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

Attica Locke

Books by Attica Locke

by Attica Locke - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

When a girl goes missing on Election Night, 1996, in the neighborhood of Pleasantville, Jay Porter is deeply disturbed. She was a volunteer for one of the local mayoral candidates, and her disappearance complicates an already heated campaign. When the nephew of one of the candidates is arrested, Jay reluctantly finds himself serving as a defense attorney. With a man’s life and his own reputation on the line, Jay is about to try his first murder in a case that will also put an electoral process on trial.

by Attica Locke - Fiction, Mystery

Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that has turned into an eerie tourist attraction. Outside the gates, a corporation has been snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations and replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.

by Attica Locke - Fiction, Thriller

Jay Porter has long since made peace with not living the American Dream. He runs his fledgling law practice out of a dingy Houston strip mall --- where his most promising client is a low-rent call girl --- and he's determined to leave the sins of his past buried: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him. That is, until the night he saves a woman from drowning and inadvertently opens a Pandora's box. Her secrets reach into the upper echelons of Houston's corporate power brokers and ensnare Jay in a murder investigation that could cost him his practice, his family…even his life.