Pleasantville

Pleasantville

eBook - 2015
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In this sophisticated thriller, lawyer Jay Porter, hero of Attica Locke's bestseller Black Water Rising, returns to fight one last case, only to become embroiled once again 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 the events of Black Water Rising, Jay Porter is struggling to cope with catastrophic changes in his personal life and the disintegration of his environmental law practice. His victory against Cole Oil is still the crown jewel of his career, even if he hasn't yet seen a dime thanks to appeals. But time has taken its toll. Tired and restless, he's ready to quit.When a girl goes missing on Election Night, 1996, in the neighborhood of Pleasantville-- a hamlet for upwardly mobile blacks on the north side of Houston-- Jay, a single father, is deeply disturbed. He's been representing Pleasantville in the wake of a chemical fire, and the case is dragging on, raising...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780062259356
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ChristchurchLib Jun 12, 2016

Fifteen years have passed since the events in Black Water Rising, when lawyer Jay Porter was anticipating the birth of his first child. Now, grieving his wife and caring for two kids while his law practice falls apart, Porter is barely scraping by. That's when he agrees to represent murder suspect Neal Hathorne. Neal's the nephew and campaign manager of a black mayoral candidate whose opponent just happens to be the DA whose office is prosecuting Neal. With nuanced characters, shifting and manipulative political allegiances, and a powerful black community, this is a sophisticated and satisfying legal thriller; it was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger Award in 2015.

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csut2
Jan 04, 2016

wsj nolan best 2015

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megaculpa
Jun 05, 2015

An entertaining beach read, but nothing more than that. Cardboard characters, desultory pace and predictable plot. The oddest thing is that the author sets the novel in a specific town and era, then labours mightily to connect the story to that time and place -- and fails miserably. There is no sense of how people speak or feel or eat or live in any respect. Can Houston really be that bland?

I see from the cover blurb that the author is a script-writer for TV series. Maybe that's all this book is meant to be and it needs lights, cameras and action to pump some life into it.

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