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Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

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Jay Porter is hardly the lawyer he set out to be. His most promising client is a low-rent call girl and he runs his fledgling law practice out of a dingy strip mall. But he’s long since made peace with not living the American Dream and carefully tucked away his darkest sins: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him.
Houston, Texas, 1981. It is here that Jay believes he can make a fresh start. That is, until the night in a boat out on the bayou when he impulsively saves a woman from drowning—and opens a Pandora’s box. Her secrets put Jay in danger, ensnaring him in a murder investigation that could cost him his practice, his family, and even his life. But before he can get to the bottom of a tangled mystery that reaches into the upper echelons of Houston’s corporate power brokers, Jay must confront the demons of his past.

Reviewed by Perspectives Reading Group:

A readable book but not as rivetting as the reviews suggested. The ending petered out after a very busy plot. The characters were rather superficial and not very likeable overall. It seems to have been written with a film script in mind or a second novel.

Star rating: **

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1 thought on “Black Water Rising by Attica Locke”

  1. Review by The Accidental Reading Group:
    Engaging, enlightening, entertaining? No – at least in our opinion. Rather long winded. A good start but the over complicated plot left us confused.
    Star rating: **

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