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The Cutting Season
The Cutting Season: A Novel | Attica Locke
From Attica Locke, a writer and producer of FOXs Empire: The Cutting Season is a rare murder mystery with heft, a historical novel that thrills, a page-turner that makes you think. Attica Locke is a dazzling writer with a conscience.Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author of Wench After her breathtaking debut novel, Black Water Rising, won acclaim from major publications and respected crime fiction masters like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos, Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a second novel easily as gripping and powerful as her firsta heart-pounding thriller that interweaves two murder mysteries, one on Belle Vie, a historic landmark in the middle of Lousianas Sugar Cane country, and one involving a slave gone missing more than one hundred years earlier. Black Water Rising was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an Edgar Award, and an NAACP Image Award, and was short-listed for the Orange Prize in the U.K.
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Ruthiella
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Thanks Cathi & Anna for the encouragement to pick this up! This mystery explores America‘s ugly history, racism and corporate greed. Caren Grey returns to the plantation where she grew up, now run as a tourist attraction. A direct descendant of the slaves who worked its cane fields her feelings of “home” are complicated. When a migrant worker is found murdered on the property, she becomes reluctantly involved in the resolution of the crime.

cathipink I'm so glad you liked it! I have some other Lockes on my shelf I hope to read soon. 5mo
Ruthiella @cathipink Yes! I will definitely seek out her other books! 😀 5mo
Liatrek I‘ve read all Locke‘s book and they are all awesome 😊 @cathipink @Ruthiella 5mo
Ruthiella @Liatrek Good to know! I‘ve heard so much good buzz about Bluebird, Bluebird that I might make that my next one. 😀 5mo
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Gnora
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Six reasons I should be allowed in McKay's Books! First time visiting the #Knoxville location and I got a wonderful haul! 😍📚#BookHaul #Mckay #TBRexplosion

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riversong153
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I don‘t know where I‘ve been or why it‘s taken me this long to pick up Attica Locke! Her writing is awesome. I usually have a hard time with mysteries that are a a slow burn, but this one kept my attention. She wrote authentic characters and I couldn‘t put it down. The twist wasn‘t earth shattering but it was a good ending. I recommend if you‘re still shopping for your #BlitsyHistoryMonth match #BHMSwap #BHM

Liatrek Love her writing! This was the first book I read of hers and I‘ve been hooked ever since. 10mo
Reggie You sold me. Stacked! 10mo
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balletbookworm
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This is a very slow burn mystery, with so much backstory and character history and racial history and politics and economics packed into it. While Locke ties up the central plot and the murderer is caught, many more questions are less-satisfactorily solved. Particularly that of the Louisiana plantation itself and it‘s role in the 21st century as an event hall that offers a highly dramatized play about the history of the area to the tourists.

balletbookworm This is my last book read for @bookriot Read Harder 2018! 11mo
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️: This was good but not great. For some reason I never connected to the characters and it dragged a bit for me. #UnpopularOpinion

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HeatherBookNerd
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When a dead body is discovered on a historic plantation in Louisiana, Caren, the property manager ends up thrust into a web of unraveling mysteries. Caren and her daughter are both in danger as the shocking murder unearths connections to her family‘s past. This is a great character-centered mystery that also touches on post Civil War, reconstruction era history and modern day racism. Great audio.

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DyAnne
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“Anywhere there is work to be done, someone somewhere will be standing with a boot to the neck of the one who must get down in the dirt and do it. Cane, cotton, rice . . . it is all of it the same.”
Loving my first Attica Locke.

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DyAnne
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Starting my first Attica Locke.

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Liatrek
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1. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
2. Meg Cabot ( Size 12 isn‘t Fat)
3. Catch and Release
4. Creme brûlée
5. #manicmonday

Bookjunkie57 The Heather Wells series is so good. One of my favorites 1y
JoScho Creme Brûlée ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
BookishMe Ooohhh... That dessert 😍😍😍😍 1y
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Historical murder mystery set on an old sugar cane plantation in Louisiana. Good story but main character was frustrating in some of the actions she took, in my opinion. I felt the ending fell flat a little as well.

dragondrool I agree. 1y
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MsLeah8417
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I am unfamiliar with the work of Attica Locke but am eager to read this based upon many positive recommendations.

Hooked_on_books I read Bluebird, Bluebird recently and liked it so much I definitely want to read more of her work. She has a subtle hand with tough issues. 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Fantastic! Attica Locke is so good! Suspenseful, thoughtful, with historical heft that makes it really memorable. I want to go back and read it again! I can see why this seems to be everyone‘s favorite of hers, it might be mine as well. Seriously, just read this book!

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Julsmarshall
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The only one if hets I haven‘t read yet! So excited to jump in! #MountTBR #mystery #currentread

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mcorneli
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This book made me want to write a long article about public history and memory. I mean, it was also a great murder mystery and a gripping drama. But the whole public history angle made me even more fascinated with the story! #ReadingWomenChallenge #booksetintheSouth

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lisakoby
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Well paced and plotted mystery, with over and undertones of racial tension, the complexity of mother-daughter relationships, who is really family and the hold the past has on us. Excellent narration by Quincy Bernstein. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#audiobook #audiobooklove #mystery

EvieBee I love his picture! It‘s the way I imagined Wally‘s house. 2y
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Booksnchill
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Ok- so 1st read of #Femmeuary and a solid book. I liked Bluebird,Bluebird better but I was leaning toward this one until the last 40 pages then she lost me. I cannot discern the motivation for the ultimate solution or in fact the motivation of the main character to take the actions she does. However- Locke can write and is a joy to read! Wine will be consumed and I will start #Femmeuary book 2 (next post!)3.5⭐️

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Booksnchill
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It is sleeting here but I am cozy drinking green tea from my new mug courtesy of @Scurvygirl ❤️ Tomorrow I am making RI coffee to go! Thanks again!

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lisakoby
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New audiobook for my commute! 🎉🎉🎉

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Booksnchill
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Husband and Whiskey lounging watching Ted (wow, that teddy bear movie is an acquired taste). I have decided to put on the headphones and read Attica Locke which I snagged at the library today- after reading Bluebird,Bluebird for 24in48 I had to go straight to reading this!👍

Bostonmomx2 You‘re so right about it being an acquired taste but I love Marky Mark enough to get past some of vulgarity. I watch it all the time now 🤓 2y
Booksnchill @Bostonmomx2 🤪🐨👍 2y
Alicia Ooh glad to hear you loved her work so much! I have this one and need to get to it soon! 2y
Booksnchill @Alicia I think I avoided because of the hype but I got a kindle deal on Bluebird,Bluebird and just started it to see if I liked it and was hooked. She is an excellent writer and wonderful with atmosphere! 2y
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HardcoverHearts
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Well, isn't this a pleasant surprise... Opening the first page of book 5 for the @24in48 readathon and I see a quote from another favorite author. It's like a secret shorthand that lets me know that I am in good hands. I'm entirely in your thrawl, Attica. Carry on!

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Dragon
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Finished my first #Litsypartyofone read. Wow, Attica Locke can write a scene! You can imagine the beauty of the antebellum plantation, you can feel the increasing tension , a truly enjoyable experience. Quite proud I guessed who dunnit. A page turner with a social conscience, I highly recommend this mystery.

raeintheworld Oooo, I‘m reading Bluebird, Bluebird right now by Locke and you‘re right, her writing is amazing. I‘ll have to pick up The Cutting Season too. 2y
Dragon Thanks @raeintheworld I‘m definitely going to read 2y
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Dragon
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Had a dessert first supper to celebrate #Litsypartyofone so final course is orzo Greek salad

CoverToCoverGirl Looks absolutely delicious! 2y
SassyBookworm Yum 😋 2y
Tamra I love Greek salad. 2y
Dragon Thanks @CoverToCoverGirl @Chrysta23 @Tamra the salad was very tasty 👍🐉 2y
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Dragon
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Continuing with #Litsypartyofone with a slice of lemon cake 🍰

Dragon Thanks @CoverToCoverGirl so good! 😀🐉 2y
Liatrek Love Attica Locke! This was my first book of hers and I‘ve everything of hers except the new one that just came out. Hope you enjoy and dessert look amazing! 2y
Dragon Thanks @Liatrek I‘m really enjoying this one! The cake was awfully decadent and delicious 😋🐉 2y
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Dragon
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#Litsypartyofone. Decided to start this thriller and it is definitely living up to the hype! Caren a single mother, is managing a restored plantation site when a dead woman is found near the fence line. Is the murderer one of the employees? Does her young daughter know something? I can‘t wait to find out !

Jess_Read_This I enjoyed this book. I think Attica Locke is just a fantastic writer! 2y
Dragon Thanks @Jess_Read_This I just started this morning and I‘m very impressed! I‘ve been picturing it as a tv miniseries. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Dragon Oh yes... this book would be an awesome mini series. She sets a scene so brilliantly! 2y
Dragon She sure does @Jess_Read_This 👍🐉 2y
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Dragon
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Rounding up some books for #Litsypartyofone . @Ambrosnazzy has the details.

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lauralovesbooks1
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A murder at a Louisiana plantation, now a historical attraction brings attention also to a murder there in 1872. Locke crafted an exceptional mystery that takes place now and layers in a mystery from ling ago. Reading this transports you to the plantation and the Louisiana bayou. I would read anything Locke writes.

DGRachel I received Bluebird, Bluebird for Christmas and hope to read it soon. Sounds like I‘ll have to collect her whole backlist, too!😍 2y
lauralovesbooks1 @DGRachel I got that one for Christmas, but didn't bring it on vacation with me. It will be one of the first I read when I get back home. Blackwater Rising by Locke is also very good. 2y
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suvata
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Didn‘t interest me as much as Bluebird, Bluebird, but it was still pretty good. I‘m not giving up on Attica Locke. Still want to read the rest of her books.

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suvata
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I read my first Attica Locke book last month and I enjoyed it so much I thought I would try another.

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Minervasbutler
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Excellent crime novel set on a Louisiana plantation, now a heritage centre offering up a dewy-eyed Gone With The Wind-style portrayal of the antebellum South. When a Mexican immigrant worker is found murdered the shadows of the past merge with the corruption of the present. Highly recommended.

Dragon I just picked this up at a library booksale, glad to hear it‘s good 😀👍 2y
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thereadingwomen
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Still trying to wrap our heads around the fact that October is almost over. It‘s almost #ReadingWomenAward season!! 🎉 But before then, don‘t miss our two episodes on Mysterious Women. They‘re available wherever you get your podcasts.

riversong153 I listened to part of it it this morning but stopped because I want to read The Cutting Season!! 2y
riversong153 Great definition of mystery and thriller, btw 👍🏾 2y
mommyincolor I know once you ladies start handing out awards I'm gonna put all your picks on my TBR list lol 2y
thereadingwomen @riversong153 Whew! Good to hear. Thanks for listening. The Cutting Season is sooo good! 2y
thereadingwomen @concreterosereads5889 Haha. Imagine how we are picking them! It‘s coming very soon!!! 2y
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thereadingwomen
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Podcast drop alert! 🎤 We are so excited to talk about LITTLE DEATHS and THE CUTTING SEASON. Available wherever you get your podcasts.
#thereadingwomen

readingwomenpodcast.com/blog

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kdwinchester
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One of my favorite author discoveries this year is the absolutely fantastic Attica Locke. I loved THE CUTTING SEASON—murder, intrigue, social justice—this book has everything I love in a good mystery. I‘m now halfway through Locke‘s latest novel BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, and it‘s even more all-engrossing. You bet I‘ll be working my way through Locke‘s backlist while I wait for her next novel!

minkyb Just gave this to my daughter for her birthday. Hope she will lend it to me! 2y
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Laughterhp
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This is the mess of my “Reading nook”, which is actually just my office. As you can see I have stacks of books everywhere! All on my TBR for this month. And my Tigger mug full of green tea! #OctoberLibrary17

[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh Tigger ! 2y
RadicalReader @Laughterhp I couldn‘t be more convinced that a beverage is mandatory companion when it comes to curling up with a riveting book 2y
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ElectricKatyLand
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My first Attica Locke and I'll definitely read more. A thriller that encompasses corporate agriculture, immigration, Southern politics, multi-generational family relationships, racism, and historical narratives. A murder in a cane field sparks an investigation that uncovers sins of the father(s) and their sons.

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Laughterhp
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#MysteriousMonday Some mystery books on my TBR for the month! I‘m almost through Hunting Prince Dracula. It was a slow start for me to get into this book. #SpookyOctober

Brenley Annihilation is one of my favorites!!! Really got sucked into that one! 2y
Laughterhp @Brenley Good to know! I really want to try and read that one next! 2y
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MallenNC
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I really enjoy Attica Locke's mystery novels. They have depth and well built characters. More than just the mystery at the center of this story there is also a lot about the main character's relationship with her daughter, her ex, and her family history. I had to rush to finish this because of a library due date, but that was okay because I wanted to find out how it all turned out.

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thelizflynn
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P good 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

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thelizflynn
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#currentlyreading and it's so good!

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Blair_Reads
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Starting a new #audiobook

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Liatrek
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#Jubilantjuly Here some Sophomore novels I loved 😊

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TerriGreen
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Thank you @annamae for my amazing #summersantagoespostal box of bookish goodies! A Tale for the Time Being has been on my TBR and I have been looking forward to reading it. The other two titles are new to me and sound great. Looks like The Eyre Affair is the start of a series. These are perfect choices for me. I am so excited to bring these on vacation. I love the journal! The bookplates and bookmark are so cute and the chocolate, yum!

annamae Wooo!!! I'm glad you like them :) it was a lot of fun picking out books and goodies for you! 2y
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prowlix
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Oh this was good. The setting of the Louisiana plantation is well researched and not at all romanticized. Complicated history of the house and it's owners (past and present) is well used in the plot. Locke uses the mystery to illustrate issues of race and draw a parallel of migrant workers as a modern day slavery. And the plot is fast paced and smartly executed! Highly recommend for mystery lovers! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #mystery #diversebooks

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prowlix
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I have heard of this book several times @bookriot Get Booked podcast and am finally diving in. Looks like a promising start!

Pelican71 I've been tempted to read this book several times. I'll be on the lookout for your thoughts and comments. Happy reading! 3y
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Asktheletters
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Next up on my crime spree.

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StephanieY
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Listened on audio thanks to a recommendation from @kerry. Took me A LONG time to finish, but enjoyed listening when I had time. Grew up in South Louisiana so it was fun to run through the cane fields solving crimes! 😊

kerry Yay! Glad you liked it. 3y
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ReadingMeagan
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I felt frustrated with this book Caren the main character makes so many stupid decisions it was driving me nuts.

Amie I was disappointed with this book. It wasn't a very good mystery. 3y
ReadingMeagan @amie yes! Thank you! So many people raved about it too 3y
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Liatrek
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#marchintoreading
I have a few go to Authors that I will happily read anything they publish -Nora Roberts, Edwidge Danticat, Octavia Butler,Attica Locke, Gillian Flynn and Jojo Moyes.

Matilda I can't wait for Attica Locke's upcoming crime novels! 3y
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Matilda
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🔔📚🔔 my favorite Attica Locke mystery is on sale! $1.99 ebook at b&n and amazon (I loved the narrator on the audiobook)

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