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Blackbird

by Wright, Tom, 1953 April 28-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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Summary

The author of What Dies in Summer delivers "a crime novel that does so much more than most others . . . dark, haunting and beautifully written" (Mark Billingham, international bestselling author).

On the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas border, Det. Jim Bonham has been assigned a bewildering case: a woman has been brutally attacked and nailed to a cross on the outskirts of town the day after a devastating storm unnerves the community. Bonham recognizes her immediately as Dr. Deborah Gold, the town's well-known psychologist. Sensing how many secrets Dr. Gold took to her grave, Bonham's field of suspects grows to include the culture of the town itself--multiplying the questions that might explain how and why such a gruesome murder could be committed.
With the participation of complex, fully realized characters, Blackbird is not only a commanding crime novel, it is also an exploration of small-town life and how it's affected by violence and savagery. Wright's incisive description of the setting and characters perfectly juxtaposes the unknowns surrounding the murder, making Blackbird a memorable addition to the crime canon.

"The prose is muscular and refreshingly dense, and the characters are rendered with such complexity that they feel more real than fictional, a quality that makes the novel all the more harrowing."--Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Corpus Christi

"Best of all, this has all the markings of a continuing series--good news for fans of gripping crime fiction with a paranormal twist."-- Booklist (starred review)

"Wright has a gift for creating distinct and intriguing characters."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Noir crime with a distinct Southern accent."-- Kirkus Reviews

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Psychologist Wright's stunning debut, What Dies in Summer (2012), was no fluke. This follow-up brings back cousins Jim Bonham and Lee Ann Rowe, who share the gift of second sight. She's now a psychologist, and he's a lieutenant in the Traverton police department on the Texas-Arkansas-Louisiana border. Bonham is still struggling with traumas from high school and his profession and is now living apart from his wife and two daughters. When psychologist Deborah Gold is mutilated and crucified, a brutal crime that attracts wide media attention, Bonham heads the investigation and seeks Rowe's help. As he staves off depression while dealing with another related murder and pressure from the city manager, he experiences momentary instances of sight that take him back to the disappearance of his high-school girlfriend. Meanwhile, the investigation into the victim's life turns up too many people with potential motives, and the limited forensic evidence is puzzling. Wright portrays events vividly, from Bonham's high-school football exploits to his welding skills, as he deftly uncovers the long-buried secrets of these fully developed characters. Best of all, this has all the markings of a continuing series good news for fans of gripping crime fiction with a paranormal twist.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in the tristate area of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, Wright's expertly crafted second novel updates the careers of Jim Bonham and Jim's only cousin, Lee Ann Rowe, who were adolescents in Wright's CWA Dagger Award-finalist debut, What Dies in Summer. Now a police lieutenant, Jim leads the investigation into the crucifixion and mutilation murder of psychologist Deborah Gold. Jim discovers that the victim was involved in a small group of S&M and cocaine enthusiasts. Soon after this grisly crime, the corpse of another group member, Benjamin Frix, is found in Frix's burnt-out house. Lee Ann, now a therapist, assists the police team with her insight while providing Jim with perspective and support. Wright has a gift for creating distinct and intriguing characters, none more so than Jim, a fully rounded person with friends and family who works closely with his fellow police officers-a refreshing change from the typical hard-bitten rogue cop so popular in the genre today. Jim's "touch of the Sight," a rare, unpredictable form of clairvoyance, adds a bit of paranormal spice to this accomplished crime thriller. Agent: Victoria Hobbs, A.M. Heath (U.K.). (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Psychologists -- Texas -- Fiction.
Cities and towns -- Texas -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :2015
Language English
Description 325 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781609452704
1609452704
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