Attica Locke: Heaven, My Home w/ Megan Abbott
Tuesday September 17 | 7:30PM - 8:30PM
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 Matthews 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.
Attica Locke is the author of Pleasantville, which won the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; Black Water Rising, which was nominated for an Edgar Award; and The Cutting Season, a national bestseller and winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. She was a writer and producer on the Fox drama Empire. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of nine novels, including Dare Me, The Fever and the bestselling You Will Know Me. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review and the Wall Street Journal. Formerly writer on HBO’s The Deuce, she is currently writing and executive producing a TV show based on her novel Dare Me, to begin airing in 2020. Her latest novel is Give Me Your Hand, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a CWA Dagger and an Anthony Award. She lives in Queens, New York.
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