Pleasantville

Pleasantville

by Attica Locke

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ISBN-13: 9780062259349
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 263,498
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Attica Locke is the author of Black Water Rising, which was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the UK's Orange Prize; and the national bestseller The Cutting Season, which won the 2013 Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. She is a coproducer and writer on the Fox drama Empire. A graduate of Northwestern University, she is on the board of directors for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, where she lives.

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Pleasantville 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 Star story... power, influence, politics, and advocacy. Attica created an engrossing story superdly told, full of flawed people, a troubled champion, southern charm and a poltical campaign. Jay Porter is great down to his ethics, honor, and intelligence. I loved the way the mystery rlevations unfold in this book. I really appreciated the author's attention to the dynamics of family, community, and policy. Buy it, read it,and then share it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot, well written
JeannieWalker More than 1 year ago
Evil is all around us, even in a small town like Pleasantville where retired army men and other professionals made their home after World War II. A young girl who was a volunteer handing out political flyers for an upcoming election disappears, and someone who may be innocent is charged with murder. Can Jay Porter successfully defend his client, or is he too rusty from just managing older cases? Forget about the fact that he is broke. He is also tired from strings of appeals that haven’t gotten him a plug nickel.This thriller has a little bit of everything in it, along with some secrets of someone who was well-loved in the community.The setting was in Texas, but this sort of thing could happen anywhere.In my humble opinion, any novel written by Attica Locke is a good one. She has talent that is hard to beat.Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5  l read and enjoyed Attica Locke's second novel, The Cutting Season, a few years ago. (my review) But, I hadn't read her first book Black Water Rising featuring attorney Jay Porter. Porter returns in Locke's newest book Pleasantville. 1996. A young girl goes missing after a night of handing out flyers in the Houston neighbourhood of Pleasantville. Two other young women have been killed on the streets in the near past, but the crimes remain unsolved. There's also a fierce electoral race running for the mayor of Houston -  and Pleasantville has put forward a candidate. When a family member of the local candidate is arrested for the murder of this last girl, Jay is brought in to defend him. But is he guilty or is the accusation a political tactic? I enjoyed Jay as a lead character. He's not a perfect man, but he's trying his best as a single father. He's also struggling with doing the right thing for his clients in the class action suit from Black Water Rising, but is growing tired of it all. Locke has penned a complex political/legal thriller, with the murder part of the plot taking a back seat. It's very well written.  But, I found myself having to put it down every so often as the plot has so many myriad threads and players that I started to glaze over.  I found the first part of the book slow going, but things picked up as the action moved into the courtroom. This is a personal bias though, as I find political machinations tedious. But, that being said, Locke's plotting is also excellent - and somewhat frightening. I honestly think that what she has presented in a fictional setting has its roots in reality - and corruption. Locke explores that theme, as well as family, class and race with a deft hand.  It was only on reading the author's notes that I discovered that Pleasantville is an actual place in Texas. I wonder how much of Locke's story is based on fact?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked some of the characters! aj west
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The sequel to Black Water RIsing that centers around a man who has now be widowed and must raise his two children while still keeping up his fight for equality for him and his neighbors. This book takes place 15 years after the first one and Jay is still embroiled into the case from the first book, but also has new adventures in store for this one. I liked this book better than the first. I felt like the flow for this book was overall better. I also loved how all of the little stories were creatively connected. I felt as though there was the larger political story and then the missing girl and they were both so perfectly aligned - they fit well together.
mshoni More than 1 year ago
Lawyer Jay Porter is back after his introduction in Locke’s first book, Black Water Rising, where he tackled a murder case that found him embroiled in environmental politics and changed his life. Pleasantville picks up a few years later and Jay has become somewhat of a go-to lawyer for citizens in their fight against the dumping of chemicals in their neighborhoods. Pleasantville, a predominately African-American neighborhood in Houston, Texas (in real life and in the book), is currently being represented in a lawsuit against a company that caused a chemical fire near their homes. On the eve of a mayoral election, a campaign volunteer goes missing Jay finds himself reluctantly involved in finding out what happened to her. Attica Locke writes super-layered novels, so it’s almost impossible to cover everything in this review. Grief, greed, politics, environmental racism…it’s all here. What I love best about Pleasantville, and her other books, is that I never have a clue about who’s behind the mystery until she reveals it to me. The last pages of the book move at a lightning speed that will have your heart racing and tuning out everything else around you.