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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Attica Locke Narrator: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Quincy Tyler Bernstine Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

Attica Locke’s breathtaking debut novel, Black Water Rising, won resounding acclaim from major publications coast-to-coast and from respected crime fiction masters like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos, earning this exciting new author comparisons to Dennis Lehane, Scott Turow, and Walter Mosley. Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a second novel easily as gripping and powerful as her first—a heart-pounding thriller that interweaves two murder mysteries, one on Belle Vie, a historic landmark in the middle of Lousiana’s 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. The Cutting Season has been selected by bestselling author Dennis Lehane as the first pick for his new line of books at HarperCollins.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Cutting Season is a rare murder mystery with heft, a historical that thrills, a page-turner that makes you think. Attica is a dazzling writer with a conscience.”

    Dolan Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A resonant story about a seemingly modern woman who is forced to come to terms with the long-buried past…A leisurely and luxuriantly Southern book that is rich with detail.”

    New York Times

  • “A novel rich in atmosphere, strong in story, but at its heart The Cutting Season hinges on human complexity. The tangled rope of some kind of history has a stranglehold on everyone at the heart of this book, and their relationships give it a texture that reminds us why we come to fiction rather than the historical account…It illuminates our present in the light of our past and explains us to ourselves.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Beautiful but dangerous…Locke’s insistence on grounding her story in a deeper history pays off because it invests the book with gravitas, a sense of place and consequence, that feels profound and real.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Stunning…Soaked in atmosphere, in the wet, drunk air of the south where ‘the cane, like cut grass and sweet milk, damp and terrestrial’ pervades everything, the past lies in layers upon layers in this story.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A nuanced look at the South’s tragic past and one strong woman’s stand against ingrained cultural and economic oppression.”


  • “Locke’s second novel is written with fluidity and elegance, evoking the uniqueness of her setting and the nuances in the relationships of her characters, complicated by race, class, and history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “William Faulkner said, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This adage comes alive as the outstanding reading of this literary mystery brings to life the ironies, complexities, and parallels between the Antebellum past and current times…Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s accomplished stage presence lets listeners feel the protagonist’s fear as she approaches the restored slave quarters her ancestors inhabited, the love in her voice as she talks to her daughter, and the condescension in the voice of the plantation owner as he addresses her. The strong narration and breadth of the story combine for unique glimpses into the depth of the human condition.”


  • Winner of the 2013 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Connie | 2/18/2014

    " Unique way of reminding the reader of what plantation life was like, added to a good mystery, with complicated relationships! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by EMP | 2/4/2014

    " I listened to this book and thought Quincy Tyler Bernstine (female) did a nice job. There seem to be quite a few people on this site who thought the pace of the book was too slow. While the plot centers around a murder, it's not one of those action packed, bad ass main character books. I found it to be a solid story and well told, but not one of those books that I can't wait to recommend to a friend. So maybe this is more of a 2.5 star rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Smith | 2/3/2014

    " Listened to this audio book and I loved it. The reader had the Louisana drawl down perfectly. I think I would have liked it just as well if I had read it. Authentic characters, believable heroine, suspenseful story line. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Iris | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting book, a little slow at times. A surprise in the end. "

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