Few first-time novelists attract the sort of praise heaped upon Attica Locke for her thriller Black Water Rising.
"A near-perfect balance of trenchant social commentary, rich characterizations and action-oriented plot," raves the Los Angeles Times.
"Atmospheric ... deeply nuanced ... akin to George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane ... Subtle and compelling," trumpets the New York Times.
Locke discusses Black Water Rising on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Her presentation is the final event in the Library's 2012 Adult Winter Reading Program.
Set in 1981 Houston, Locke's novel centers on Jay Porter, who runs his law practice out of a dingy strip mall. Jay believes he has exorcised his troubled past. A one-time campus radical and outspoken member of Students for a Democratic Society, he beat a trumped-up charge of inciting violence.
But when he saves a woman from drowning, his act of heroism inadvertently opens a Pandora's box of dangerous secrets that reach into the upper echelons of Houston's corporate power brokers. Soon Jay finds himself ensnared in a murder investigation that could cost him his practice, his family, and even his life.
Black Water Rising was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a nominee for an Edgar Award (best first novel) and won Britain's Orange Prize for Fiction.
A graduate of NorthwesternUniversity, Attica Locke has written movie scripts for many of the major Hollywood studios as well as for Jerry Bruckheimer Films. She has created television pilots for HBO, DreamWorks, and Silver Pictures. She is a past fellow of the Sundance Institute's Feature Filmmaker's Lab and currently is writing an HBO miniseries about the Civil Rights movement. A native of Houston, Attica lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.
The Adult Winter Reading Program is a major component of Building a Community of Readers, a campaign to transform our community by promoting a lifelong love of reading. Our goal is for Kansas City to reap the social and economic benefits of being one of the most literate cities in America.
The Building a Community of Readers campaign is funded by generous grants from the Hall Family Foundation, the Sosland Foundation, the H&R Block Foundation and the Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee.