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Bluebird, Bluebird

Written by: Attica Locke
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins

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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.

©2017 Attica Locke (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 08-10-19

Excellent, yet hugely depressing

Attica Locke is a great writer and J D Jackson has a great voice! An excellent novel - I just found the whole racist storyline so depressing. I really believed that 2018 America had moved on and the black people were now treated equally. How naive I am. I found much of it quite hard to listen to and it made me angry - but it's a good novel and probably one we should read to be reminded how unfair life still is for so many people.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-18

Such a shame

I was expecting great things when I read the cover of this book, but I was sadly disappointed. I felt it was very predictable and didn’t lead the reader to care about any of the characters one way or another. I found it to be a typical story from the Deep South of the US with it racial tensions and undertones. I also found the plot to be lame and to my mind had lots of unnecessary dialogue, which I felt were for padding of the story.
Suffice to say I was hugely disappointed in it.

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  • Kevin
  • 06-03-18

HORRIBLE

A nasty story of violence to women and child abuse. I was sickened and stopped listening

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  • Linda Marea
  • 15-01-18

Well that was disappointing

On the heels of Darktown I downloaded Bluebird, Bluebird and regretted it almost immediately. After Andre Holland’s narration of Darktown it was always going to be a tall order to deliver with anything close to those rich tones and his effortless performance of the many characters but JD Jackson feels suited to documentary and TV reads - not books. As for Attica Locke’s writing - there’s a strange obsession about the power of the Texas Ranger that became tedious and laughable. And a fascination with making characters feel more real by absurd details of the scent of their breath or clothing. I gave this book a red hot go hoping for it to come good but by the last chapter I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

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