Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review: Black Water Rising

Author: Attica Locke
Pages: 448
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Source: TLC Book Tours
Synopsis from TLC:
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.

My thoughts:
This was a very solid debut book!!! I enjoyed reading this, as it brought to mind the reasons why I used to read Grisham's earlier works. Some have compared this author to Lehane and Turrow, but not having read either one I can only compare the author's writing to Grisham. I love the little guy versus the big bad corporations and corrupt politicians scenario. Another aspect that I enjoyed was the mini-history lesson on civil rights and the grittier, more violent side of the activists. Jay Porter is a character that I came to admire and applaud. He's worked very hard to get to where he's at, trying to leave his past behind him and make a good life for his wife and expectant child. He just happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and gets pulled into a web of lies, cover-ups, political intrigue, and finds himself running for his life. Almost everyone that Jay comes into contact with underestimates his intelligence and abilities. The white man does because Jay's black and inferior to them. They have more money, better connections, and power. The black man does because Jay does not have that burning desire to have his voice heard, he doesn't want to take up arms, even if what is happening is unfair, unjust, and wrong. He's been there, done that, and all it did for him was almost land him in prison. Being doubted by both races does however, turn on a flame inside Jay and he realizes that the only person who will take care of Jay, is Jay. Will he let powerful people and the lure of easy money make him turn a blind eye to what is happening, or will he risk it all to do what is right???  This book easily deserves the accolades that have been showered upon it and I truly look forward to future books by Attica Locke!

Highly Recommended

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  1. Fantastic review and I'm glad you liked the book. After reading so many positive reviews I've decided to hold onto the book and maybe give it another chance later on down the road. Maybe I was just in the wrong frame of mind.

  2. I love Grisham so if you compare the book to him then I would sure like to have a look at it

  3. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  4. I've seen this title, but thought it was about something totally different. Your review has my interest.

  5. Wowwwwwww....this does sound good! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. I love Grisham's early work, so this sounds appealing to me.

  7. you wrote << I love the little guy versus the big bad corporations >>>

    Authors who write about "big bad corporations" always get me up on my high horse...sorry about that. But where would we as a society/world be without these corporations? Still using a horse and buggy for transportation and using leeches to cure illnesses? No computers, TVs, phones, miracle fabrics, etc.

    Anyway, you get my drift.....

  8. I like the basic premise of this book. It does sound a bit like the early Grishams. I love those books. I'm going to give this one a try too.

  9. sounds good--I like reading Grisham too. I haven't read him in awhile.

  10. I am going to have to read this one! It sounds like a good mix of thrilling and redemption! Plus it is set in Houston, so it is a town I know :)

  11. I enjoyed it as well. I have read Lehane and Turow and they are pretty comparable authors. i look forward to other books by her! Thanks for the review.

  12. I love Turow and value being educated a bit while reading fiction, this is going on my wish list!

  13. Funny that the author's name is Attica Locke and the character's name is Jay Porter - you'd think it would be reversed!

  14. I loved Grisham's earlier works, so you sold me there. I think living up to Lehane is a tough act, so I'll be interested to see whether I think that's a fair comparison.

    So glad you liked this book! Your enthusiasm is infectious! :)

  15. I've been wondering if I would like this book -- your review has made me want to give it a try!

  16. Every time I see the name of the author, I find myself wondering if she's a character in a book. LOL It's a great name.

    This does sound good and I am glad you enjoyed it, Staci. I haven't read too much about it until coming across your review. I'll definitely have to look into it.


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