In this "captivating" crime novel (People), Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is on the hunt for a missing child -- but it's the boy's family of white supremacists who are his real target.
9-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; now he's alone in the darkness of vast Caddo Lake, in a boat whose motor just died. A sudden noise distracts him - and all goes dark.
Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; after the events of his previous investigation, his marriage is in a precarious state of re-building, and his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little maternal blackmail to press her advantage.
An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town where the local economy thrives on nostalgia for ante-bellum Texas - and some of the era's racial attitudes still thrive as well. Levi's disappearance has links to Darren's last case, and to a wealthy businesswoman, the boy's grandmother, who seems more concerned about the fate of her business than that of her grandson.
Darren has to battle centuries-old suspicions and prejudices, as well as threats that have been reignited in the current political climate, as he races to find the boy, and to save himself.
A Best Book of the Year
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Edgar-winner Locke's searing sequel to 2017's Bluebird, Bluebird finds African-American Texas Ranger Darren Matthews reconciled with his wife, though to maintain their marriage, he has agreed to take a desk job at the Rangers' Houston office, where he's assigned to analyze digital surveillance data on his state's chapter of the Aryan Brotherhood. Then nine-year-old Levi King, the son of Aryan Brotherhood of Texas captain Bill "Big Kill" King, disappears in Marion County, and Matthews returns to field duty. Meanwhile, Bill, who evaded justice for killing a black man but is serving 20 years in prison on drug charges, writes to the governor to request an exhaustive search for his son. Matthews's boss, who's seeking an indictment of the Brotherhood, including Bill, hopes that the search for Levi will yield information that can be used against his father before the incoming Trump administration, with its lack of interest in pursuing white supremacists, takes power. Matthew's legal jeopardy from a prior case hovers over the action, but Locke makes the complex backstory accessible. This one's another Edgar contender.
I guess they’ll be part 3. I didn’t care for book 2 so much. It was alright, but unnecessary
Don’t waste your money
Book rambles on and on, characters pop in and out with no reason. Purpose of book is just to spew political propaganda.