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The Cutting Season

Attica Locke


On Sale Date: 9/18/2012
Imprint: Harper
Print Run: 50K
Format: HC
Pages: 384
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 61802050
ISBN 13: 9780061802058
Other Formats
Ebook 9780062097743
LP 9780062201461
AUD 9780062204950

Attica Locke’s debut novel, Black Water Rising, was hailed by critics nationwide and received multiple prize nominations. Now, the author compared to Scott Turow and Walter Mosley is back with an absorbing and atmospheric tale of murder and injustice that explores the enduring legacy of slavery.  For many native Louisianans, Belle Vie, the large antebellum plantation situated between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, is a symbol of beauty and the South’s genteel past. For others, it is a monumental reminder of the evils of slavery. The estate becomes the center of further controversy when a young woman is found lying face down in a shallow grave, her throat cut clean.

When the investigation takes an unsavory turn, the estate’s manager Caren Gray is left with suspicions of her own. The search for answers will plunge her into the murky waters of the plantation’s history—into a centuries old mystery involving the plantation’s slave quarters—and deep into her own past. But the further she digs, the more she realizes that the truth isn’t as simple as it seems…and that a killer may be closer than she ever could have imagined.