LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEY'S WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION From Attica Locke, a writer and producer of FOX's Empire, this sophisticated thriller sees lawyer Jay Porter-hero of her bestseller Black Water Rising-return to fight one last case, only to become embroiled in a dangerous game of shadowy politics and a witness to how far those in power are willing to go to win. Fifteen years after his career-defining case against Cole Oil, Jay Porter is broke and tired. That victory might have won the environmental lawyer fame, but thanks to a string of appeals, he hasn't seen a dime. His latest case-representing Pleasantville in the wake of a chemical fire-is dragging on, shaking his confidence and raising doubts about him within this upwardly mobile black community on Houston's north side. Though Jay still believes in doing what's right, he is done fighting other people's battles. Once he has his piece of the settlement, the single father is going to devote himself to what matters most-his children. His plans are abruptly derailed when a female campaign volunteer vanishes on the night of Houston's mayoral election, throwing an already contentious campaign into chaos. The accused is none other than the nephew and campaign manager of one of the leading candidates-a scion of a prominent Houston family headed by the formidable Sam Hathorne. Despite all the signs suggesting that his client is guilty-and his own misgivings-Jay can't refuse when a man as wealthy and connected as Sam asks him to head up the defense. Not if he wants that new life with his kids. But he has to win. Plunging into a shadowy world of ambitious enemies and treacherous allies armed with money, lies, and secrets, Jay reluctantly takes on his first murder trial-a case that will put him and his client, and an entire political process, on trial.
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by Attica Locke
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
by Anne Hill
by Angela Johnson
by R.M. Johnson
by Walter Dean Myers
by Carrie Golus
by Alice Mead
by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
"There's so much going on in Pleasantville, a Houston neighborhood built for African-Americans after WWII--murder, kidnapping, and most of all politics, specifically the election of the city's first black mayor. JD Jackson's narration is so solid and organized that listeners get the complete picture, despite the many distractions. A teenage girl turns up missing a short time before the election, and ultimately her murder becomes a political football. Attorney Jay Porter, hero of BLACK WATER RISING, is back to defend a candidate's son who is charged with the killing. There are a multitude of accents throughout this thriller, and Jackson handles them with precision. He makes Porter a star in the inevitable murder trial, and his narration picks up speed in the latter part of the story. A.L.H. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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