Bluebird, Bluebird

Highway 59 #1

Attica Locke

fiction crime mystery
dark reflective tense medium-paced

307 pages | first published 2017

A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire.

When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have 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.

A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.

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tense 81%
mysterious 78%
dark 75%
reflective 37%
emotional 34%
adventurous 18%
sad 15%
challenging 12%
hopeful 6%
funny 3%
informative 3%
inspiring 3%


medium 67%
fast 19%
slow 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 65% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 7%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 62% | No: 18% | Yes: 14% | N/A: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 96% | No: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

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