When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.
When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt.
A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
I honestly would not known about this book if it wasn’t for Rincey Reads on Youtube. I watched a video of her’s where she gives a list of very diverse reads that she either recommends or has read herself. I am usually very weary about book suggestions especially from “booktube”. Many of the books are over hyped but that’s a post for another day.
Drugs, murder, racism, and love. I had to step out of myself in order to see the characters in this book from every point of view. I’m from the south but I live in a city. I can relate to so much going on in this story. This would have been a 3 star read but there is a twist near the end that hooked me on the fourth star. In the beginning I was unsure if I would finish the book but once I got about 80 or so pages in I knew I was going to finish. I recommend this book if you want something quick and controversial.
4 out of 5 stars.