Attica Locke on the Orwell Prize shortlist

21 May 2020

We’re thrilled to announce that Heaven, My Home, Attica Locke’s powerful crime novel set in Texas, has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020.

The judges said:

‘Locke deftly shows how crime novels are the perfect place in which to explore the tensions between different people and communities. Her insightful exploration of a post-Trump world offers something genuinely new.’

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Heaven My Home

About the book

 

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2020

Sunday Times Book of the Year

Times Crime Club top 40 crime book of the last five years

‘Political crime fiction of the highest order’ Sunday Times


Nine-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; instead he found himself all alone, adrift on the vastness of Caddo Lake. A sudden noise – and all goes dark.

Ranger Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; 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 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. With Texas already suffering a new wave of racial violence in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, a black man is a suspect in the possible murder of a missing white boy: the son of an Aryan Brotherhood captain.

In deep country where the rule of law only goes so far, Darren has to battle centuries-old prejudices as he races to save not only Levi King, but himself.