Publication Date: September 17th, 2019
Publisher: Mulholland Books #partner
Page Count: 305
Why I Picked It Up: I loved Bluebird, Bluebird so much that Attica Locke became an auto-read author for me. Heaven My Home is book 2 in the Highway 59 series.
Synopsis: (From Amazon)- 9-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; now he's alone in the darkness of vast Caddo Lake, in a boat whose motor just died. A sudden noise distracts him - and all goes dark.
Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; after the events of his previous investigation, his marriage is in a precarious state of re-building, and his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little maternal blackmail to press her advantage.
An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town where the local economy thrives on nostalgia for ante-bellum Texas - and some of the era's racial attitudes still thrive as well. Levi's disappearance has links to Darren's last case, and to a wealthy businesswoman, the boy's grandmother, who seems more concerned about the fate of her business than that of her grandson.
Darren has to battle centuries-old suspicions and prejudices, as well as threats that have been reignited in the current political climate, as he races to find the boy, and to save himself.
Attica Locke proves that the acclaim and awards for Bluebird, Bluebird were justly deserved, in this thrilling new novel about crimes old and new.
Opening Sentence: “Dana would have his tail if he didn’t make it back across the lake by sundown.”
My Thoughts: Heaven My Home was a very solid book two in the Highway 59 series. This is not a standalone- you definitely have to have read Bluebird, Bluebird first to fully enjoy. The closer together you read these the better; I spent too much time catching myself up on the ins and outs of what went on last time. That said, it was wonderful jumping back in with Darren Matthews, the tortured but idealistic Texas Ranger.
Since the events that took place in Book 1, Darren has agreed to desk duty. His time on the road has put a real strain on his marriage and he and his wife Lisa are agreeing to communicate and make it work. That is, until, he gets pulled into an investigation in a small town in East Texas to help find the missing boy. The boy is the son of a white supremacist, and as you can imagine, things get complicated for the black Ranger.
Matthews is such a realistic and flawed character- but not in the cliched ways you might expect. There's a political angle to this story but it didn't overly dominate the narrative. In fact, I thought the author did a great job painting a nuanced picture of what can cause people to have racist ideas. Attica Locke's writing is solid- her ability to bring the reader into a time and place is second to none. I dare you to get through this book without googling the various settings! All in all, this is a great police procedural with characters so vivid they could be real. There is likely going to be a book 3- we need Darren to tie up this mess at home! I recommend this series and look forward to anything else she writes.
Favorite Quote: “He so badly wanted this black man to pat him on the back for what millions of people managed with ease: not hating every black person they saw.”
What do you think? Will you be reading the Highway 59 series?
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