‘Mesmerising ... original ... exhilarating ... Locke is building a compelling body of work. In this age of enduring and renewed racial tensions, we need her voice more than ever.’ Guardian

‘Wonderful ... a superb thriller’ The Times

‘Tight, bright prose ... powerful ... America's most interesting crime writer.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Locke evokes place brilliantly, writes tangy, fluent prose’ John Dugdale, Sunday Times

Bluebird, Bluebird, Attica Locke's fantastic crime novel set in the heart of Texas, is out in paperback today. You can get your copy of this magnificent novel, or scroll down to read the first chapter for free, and don't forget to let us or Attica herself know what you think on Twitter - don't forget the hashtag #BluebirdBluebird.

Southern fables usually go the other way around. A white woman is killed or harmed in some way, real or imagined, and then, like the moon follows the sun, a black man ends up dead.

But when it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Matthews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well. He tried to get as far away from Texas as he could, until duty called him back.

Trying to escape troubles at home, Darren is drawn to a case in the small town of Lark, where two dead bodies washed up in the bayou. First a black lawyer from Chicago and then, three days later, a local white woman. He must solve the crimes - and save himself in the process - before Lark's ever-widening racial fault lines tear the community apart.

Get your copy of this amazing paperback here.