In this sophisticated thriller, lawyer Jay Porter,
hero of Attica Locke’s bestseller Black
Water Rising, returns to fight one last case, only to become embroiled once
again in a dangerous game of shadowy politics and a witness to how far those in
power are willing to go to win.
Fifteen years after the events of Black Water Rising, Jay Porter is
struggling to cope with catastrophic changes in his personal life and the
disintegration of his environmental law practice. His victory against Cole Oil
is still the crown jewel of his career, even if he hasn’t yet seen a dime, thanks to appeals. But time has taken its toll. Tired and restless, he’s ready
When a girl goes missing on election night, 1996, in
the neighborhood of Pleasantville—a hamlet for upwardly mobile blacks on the
north side of Houston—Jay, a single father, is deeply disturbed. He’s been
representing Pleasantville in the wake of a chemical fire, and the case is
dragging on, raising doubts about his ability.
The missing girl was a volunteer for one of the
local mayoral candidates, and her disappearance complicates an already heated
campaign. When the nephew of one of the candidates, a Pleasantville local, is
arrested, Jay reluctantly finds himself serving as a defense attorney. With a
man’s life and his own reputation on the line, Jay is about to try his first
murder in a case that will also put an electoral process on trial, exposing the
dark side of power and those determined to keep it. Download and start listening now!