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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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allureofbeauty I got it today. Thank you. 2mo
suvata @allureofbeauty Happy reading. 2mo
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• Read in December 5-7, 2017

• Re-Read in August 2022 for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club #LMPBC Round 15 - Group P
#LMPBRound15GroupP ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#StoryGraph: fiction historical mystery thriller emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced
376 pages | first published 2012

Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily.

Liatrek This is on my reread list too🙂 2mo
suvata @Liatrek Actually, I liked it better the second time around. 2mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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A mystery with heft, the antebellum plantation setting invoked feelings of both wonder and discomfort as the line between preserving history and the whitewashing of that history blurred. As the novel unfolded, the plantation itself became a character rich with complexity and long held secrets. Locke cleverly creates an opportunity here to explore our dark roots and brings together the past and present in an uncomfortable, but necessary, way.4⭐️

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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#LMPBC -ing is just better with a beer. 🍺 🌞 📚 #mcmenamins #summer #beers #books #battlestargalactica

Bookwormjillk 🤣 3mo
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My reading goals for #jubilantjuly! This is a mix of #LMPBC #bookspin and #booked2022 selections, so I am excited to knock some off my TBR. Happy Reading!

Andrew65 good luck 😊👍 3mo
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I finished a book! I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump. This book took at least a month to read, picking up, putting it down etc…no fault of its own. Great mystery that takes place on a Louisiana plantation, written by one of the producers and writers of the show, Empire. Great read! #mystery

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So good!!!

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cathysaid
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Another amazing presentation by Attica Locke. Gorgeous description, characters that represent time and place without succumbing to stereotype, and a plot that keeps you turning the pages. Drama, mystery, intrigue and crime novel. 4/5 ⭐️

Trashcanman ❤👁👁❤ 2y
cathysaid @Trashcanman Happy to see you my persevering friend! 2y
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Kangaj1
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Book haul for my birthday weekend...

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great haul 📚🎉🎊🎈 2y
TheLudicReader Those are some great books. Descent is fantastic. 2y
LazyOwl Happy Birthday 🎉 2y
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Laughterhp
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Being on vacation is really cutting into my reading time. Apparently I‘ve only finished 1 book this week 🤷🏻‍♀️

#BookReport- have 3 books in progress. Started Smiled Beads on audio. Only about 2 hours in.
Am about 180 pages into The City We Became, it‘s due back at the library TUESDAY! So I‘ve got to get my butt in gear. And started Home Before Dark at the river yesterday.

#WeeklyForecast - Start Wild Seed for #BookSpin and one #LMPBC book

Cinfhen Ha, funny how vacation is disturbing your reading 😛 2y
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Laughterhp
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This book was so good. I‘m so glad I finally read Attica Locke. I can‘t wait to read Black Water Rising for #LMPBC. This mystery was so layered and I just enjoyed reading it and discovering everything going on.

#15Book15Weeks

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We were supposed to get severe thunderstorms starting at like 2pm and it keeps getting pushed back. So I‘m sitting outside reading until the rain comes.

I‘ve had this book since like 2017. I tried to read once when I first got it and couldn‘t get into it, but kept it to try again later. And here it is later and I‘m already 80 pages into it.

(This happens to me a lot, which is why I own 448 books and have only read 230 of them! 😬)

Lauraandherbooks I haven‘t ever counted my books- but I‘m sure I don‘t have 400- though my Dream is to have 1000s 🤗🤗🤗 2y
Laughterhp @Lauraandherbooks I only know because I have an app that I scanned all my books on so it gives me a count. Then I gave myself a project one night and marked all the books I still had to read in a separate category so I would know 😂 (edited) 2y
wanderinglynn Ooh, what app did you use? 2y
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Laughterhp @wanderinglynn I use LibraryThing. It‘s not connected to Litsy or the LibraryThing website as far as I know. You can scan the barcode of the books and they‘ll automatically be added. It sometimes has trouble finding the book if it‘s a BOTM book. But I‘ve found it very helpful. 2y
wanderinglynn Very cool! I‘ll have to check it out. Thanks! 2y
Lauraandherbooks @Laughterhp that is a project-I should do that one day 😁 2y
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Hey #GroupJ - Here are my choices for mysteries. Let me know if any of these sound good. I have others, but they are all much darker.

I‘ll tag the other books in the comments section. 2 are historical mysteries.

#LMPBC

Butterfinger I have already read The Cutting Season. The other three are fine. 2y
sprainedbrain All of these look great! I think the Greer McAllister or the Jane Harper especially, but I would be happy with any. 2y
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Julsmarshall
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I love all of Attica Locke‘s mystery/thrillers. These addictive page turners are compelling, thoughtful, and beautifully written. Highly recommend them all! #BlackVoices @ShyBookOwl @Ireadkidlit @Soubhiville

ShyBookOwl Stacked! 2y
charl08 I'm fan too: looking forward to her next one. 2y
prowlix I love her! I keep thinking I wanna to reread Bluebird, Bluebird before starting Heaven, My home. 2y
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Julsmarshall Isn‘t she awesome, @charl08 and @prowlix ?! Did you hear they are making a limited series of Bluebird, Bluebird? I can‘t wait! It should be great since she also writes for tv (Little Fires Everywhere and Empire). 2y
charl08 I did not hear that! I will look out for it. I have just heard today that she is giving the keynote for Noirish a crime fest taking place online in Sept. 2y
Julsmarshall Ooh, @charl08 ! I‘ll have to look up that online fest 😄 2y
Liatrek I‘ve read and loved all her books ❤️ 2y
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My favorite Locke book that I've read! This whodunit thriller is set in Louisiana and the author does an amazing job with the setting. 💚

As with most of Locke's writing, she delves into racial injustices still present in our society, while also creating an exciting mystery that keeps you reading.

If you enjoy mysteries and like books set in the South, you should give this one a read. 😁

vivastory This sounds fantastic! 2y
Addison_Reads @vivastory It's a great fast read. I needed it after finishing Gravity's Rainbow. 😁 2y
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Tamra
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I loved the setting and atmosphere Locke invented here, plus that there were twin mysteries, one of which is historical. It also begs uncomfortable philosophical questions about preservation and rightful ownership of the artifacts of a brutal immoral past.

The pacing seemed off, it did drag in places for me. The “whodunit” element of the contemporary mystery was not very creative either, rather transparent.

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swishandflick
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I thoroughly enjoyed this eerie whodunnit set on an old plantation, with all of the history that entails. I've only read a handful of Attica Locke's work but I'm definitely going to make a point to check out more 👏🏽

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A beautiful historic plantation and a crime scene make for good mystery! Uncovering the killer while also uncovering layers of racism and social justice will keep you enthralled with the characters and story. I liked it!

annahenke Tonight this was brilliantly done. 3y
HardcoverHearts I just knew you would like it! 🙌🏻❤️ 3y
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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. 3y
Ruthiella @cathipink Yes! I will definitely seek out her other books! 😀 3y
Liatrek I‘ve read all Locke‘s book and they are all awesome 😊 @cathipink @Ruthiella 3y
Ruthiella @Liatrek Good to know! I‘ve heard so much good buzz about Bluebird, Bluebird that I might make that my next one. 😀 3y
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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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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. 4y
Reggie You sold me. Stacked! 4y
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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! 4y
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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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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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“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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Starting my first Attica Locke.

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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 4y
JoScho Creme Brûlée ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
BookishMe Ooohhh... That dessert 😍😍😍😍 4y
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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. 4y
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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. 4y
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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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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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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. 5y
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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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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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New audiobook for my commute! 🎉🎉🎉

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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 🤓 5y
Booksnchill @Bostonmomx2 🤪🐨👍 5y
Alicia Ooh glad to hear you loved her work so much! I have this one and need to get to it soon! 5y
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! 5y
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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. 5y
Dragon Thanks @raeintheworld I‘m definitely going to read 5y
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Had a dessert first supper to celebrate #Litsypartyofone so final course is orzo Greek salad

CoverToCoverGirl Looks absolutely delicious! 5y
SassyBookworm Yum 😋 5y
Tamra I love Greek salad. 5y
Dragon Thanks @CoverToCoverGirl @Chrysta23 @Tamra the salad was very tasty 👍🐉 5y
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Continuing with #Litsypartyofone with a slice of lemon cake 🍰

Dragon Thanks @CoverToCoverGirl so good! 😀🐉 5y
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! 5y
Dragon Thanks @Liatrek I‘m really enjoying this one! The cake was awfully decadent and delicious 😋🐉 5y
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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! 5y
Dragon Thanks @Jess_Read_This I just started this morning and I‘m very impressed! I‘ve been picturing it as a tv miniseries. 5y
Jess_Read_This @Dragon Oh yes... this book would be an awesome mini series. She sets a scene so brilliantly! 5y
Dragon She sure does @Jess_Read_This 👍🐉 5y
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Dragon
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Rounding up some books for #Litsypartyofone . @Ambrosnazzy has the details.

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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!😍 5y
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. 5y
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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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I read my first Attica Locke book last month and I enjoyed it so much I thought I would try another.