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It's 1996, and in Houston a mayoral election is looming. As usual the campaign focuses on Pleasantville. Axel Hathorne, former chief of police, was all set to become Houston's first black mayor. But his lead is slipping thanks to Sandy Wolcott, a defence lawyer. And then, just as the competition intensifies, a girl goes missing, apparently while canvassing for Axel. And when her body is found, Axel's nephew is charged with her murder.

©2015 Attica Locke (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Genuinely unnerving....subtle, complex questions of identity, family and history." ( Daily Mail)

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  • bookylady
  • 14-07-2016

Law, Politics & Murder in Houston, Texas. 5*

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If you like a sophisticated murder/police/whodunnit type of book then give this one a try. Beautifully written and with a great plot,this kept me listening for hours at a time. A great story and well told by the narrator.
Pleasantville deserves all of the hype it has received and I'm not surprised that it made the longlist for the 2016 Baileys Prize for fiction.

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 31-10-2017

Excellent

What a great book. Beautifully written and beautifully read, I was hooked from the outset. Attica Locke is a fine writer, keeping a masterful grip on her storyline and maintaining a steady level of intrigue. The lack of any gratuitous violence and bad language was a surprising bonus, just proving that neither is necessary when the plot and writing are this good. J D Jackson did a fine job in his narration, beautifully nuanced and pleasingly consistent. I will definitely be reading more from this writer.

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