Pleasantville by Attica Locke

By Attica Locke

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEY’S WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION

From Attica Locke, a author and manufacturer of FOX’s Empire, this subtle mystery sees attorney Jay Porter—hero of her bestseller Black Water Rising—return to struggle one final case, purely to develop into embroiled in a deadly video game of shadowy politics and a witness to how a long way these in strength are keen to visit win.

Fifteen years after his career-defining case opposed to Cole Oil, Jay Porter is broke and drained. That victory may need gained the environmental legal professional repute, yet because of a string of appeals, he hasn't visible a dime. His most recent case—representing Pleasantville within the wake of a chemical fire—is dragging on, shaking his self assurance and elevating doubts approximately him inside of this upwardly cellular black neighborhood on Houston's north aspect. even though Jay nonetheless believes in doing what's correct, he's performed combating different people's battles. as soon as he has his piece of the payment, the only father goes to commit himself to what issues most—his children.

His plans are unexpectedly derailed whilst a feminine crusade volunteer vanishes at the evening of Houston's mayoral election, throwing an already contentious crusade into chaos. The accused is none except the nephew and crusade supervisor of 1 of the major candidates—a scion of a favorite Houston relations headed through the ambitious Sam Hathorne. regardless of all of the symptoms suggesting that his customer is guilty—and his personal misgivings—Jay can't refuse whilst a guy as prosperous and hooked up as Sam asks him to go up the security. no longer if he desires that new lifestyles together with his young children. yet he has to win.

Plunging right into a shadowy international of bold enemies and treacherous allies armed with cash, lies, and secrets and techniques, Jay reluctantly takes on his first homicide trial—a case that would positioned him and his consumer, and a whole political technique, on trial.

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Once there was a sufficient mountain of bubbles, Ronnie piled her hair atop her head and sank her weary body into the hot water. She leaned back, closed her eyes and allowed images of Rick to lap at her mind. She wasn’t sure how long she’d been there or even if she’d dozed off when Courtney called to the dogs. “Quiet. ” Ronnie sat up a little straighter, straining to hear over the cacophony of canines. It almost sounded like a scratching sound out front. Courtney’s scream jarred her into action as the door splintered and gave way.

The unrest in Eastern Europe has been really fortunate,” the little man got her attention back with that one. “That’s an interesting view point,” Veronica nearly choked on her first response. It was hard for her to find much good in things like civil war, genocide and human trafficking. “It’s been a real field day for the antiques industry. So many treasures unearthed, so little regulation,” he didn’t try to contain the glee in his voice. “Lucky for us,” Veronica tried to keep her tone light. The new direction of the conversation had captured Adrianna and Jeff’s attention.

I have a date with a couple of dachshunds. ” Veronica agreed, watching Courtney leave before going to help Rick unload the car. With that done, she didn’t really know what to do next. She should call her brother, check in at work or at least do a load of laundry. All she really wanted to do was get a hot shower and sleep for about 100 hours. She settled for a hot shower and a cat nap. ” Veronica made a face at the note and got dressed. There was a longer note in the front room. That one told her he’d be gone for a week and left her a list of safety instructions.

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