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Author: Attica Locke Narrator: J. D. Jackson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781478968245
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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. From a writer and producer of the Emmy-winning Fox television show Empire, Bluebird, Bluebird is a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it.”

    Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Reads like a blues song to East Texas with all its troubles…Reveals what lies at the heart of America’s confusion over race.”

    Walter Mosley, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A heartbreakingly resonant new novel about race and justice in America.”

    USA Today

  • “Locke’s stupendous fourth novel is suffused with the blues…streaked with wit and hard-earned wisdom.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Few contemporary writers have portrayed black Southern life with as much wit and heart-pounding drama…A dazzling work of rural noir.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[A] deftly plotted whodunit whose writing pulses throughout with a raw, blues-inflected lyricism.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Listening to Bluebird, Bluebird on audio was definitely the way to go. JD Jackson pulled me right in, his fantastic narration nearly as compelling as the mystery itself.”


  • “Homing in on the intensity of Attica Locke’s plot, J. D. Jackson delivers a narration full of soul and heartache…Jackson’s sensitivity to Mathews’ conflicting emotions offers listeners a painfully intimate glimpse of the lawman’s psyche as the story of two racially charged murders in a small East Texas town unfolds. As the question of justice grows amid the criminal investigation, Jackson serves up plenty of drama. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel
  • Finalist for the 2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel
  • A BookRiot Pick of Must-Listen Audiobooks

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About the Author

Attica Locke is the author of Pleasantville, which won the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction; Black Water Rising, which was nominated for an Edgar Award; and The Cutting Season, a national bestseller and the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. She was a writer and producer on the Fox drama Empire. She is a native of Houston, Texas.

About the Narrator

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.