Heaven, My Home

Heaven, My Home

by Attica Locke


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In this "captivating" crime novel (People) by the Edgar Award-winning author of Bluebird, Bluebird, Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is on the hunt for a missing boy -- 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.

"Locke's work is political in the most impactful, necessary sense, as she tells stories of crimes both personal and systemic, all while showing a complete mastery of suspense, plotting, and style." --CrimeReads

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316363402
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Series: Highway 59 Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 27,292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

ATTICA LOCKE is the author of the 2018 Edgar Award winner Bluebird, Bluebird; Pleasantville, which won the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; Black Water Rising, which was nominated for an Edgar Award; and The Cutting Season, a national bestseller and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. She is also a television writer and producer, most recently for When They See Us and the upcoming adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere. A native of Houston, Locke lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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Heaven, My Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bookswithjams 3 months ago
This is a sequel to Bluebird, Bluebird, and while I think this could be a standalone novel, there are so many references to the prior case covered in book 1, that I think it is probably beneficial to have read book 1 in this series. We pick up with the opening scene being that of a young boy trying to get home and just cannot make it. The search is on, and Darren Matthews is called in to help. Matthews cannot shake the effects of his prior case, and his other issue is there are still ramifications coming back to haunt him from the prior case that he has not been completely cleared from. His mama has something over him, and she is trying to blackmail him to make things right, as one does. Add to that the fact that this new case seems to be linked to the prior one, race is a huge factor where he is trying to solve the new case, and oh, Darren is having problems in his marriage. Sounds like a lot, but he slowly tries to work through what he can, and takes a methodical approach. Overall I enjoyed this book, and Attica’s writing is superb, she works in mini history lessons for you as a bonus. However, I felt there was a little too much of a tie in to the previous book, I would have liked to have moved onto some new material and left the past in the past, but that may all be part of the grander plan for this series that I just cannot see yet. It moved a little slow for my liking, and took a while to get going, but once it picked up the pacing was steady until the end, which I appreciated. This is still a phenomenal series, and I cannot wait to read Book 3 next, but also do not want this to be over, I am enjoying it very much.
laur3296 6 months ago
What makes a good book? This book didn't make me feel good...in fact I feel kind of pissed off and disturbed. I don't think I liked the main characters. In fact I'm not sure I liked anyone. The atmosphere was dark, and the characters were dark. All that being said I'm giving it 5 stars. Why? For all the reasons I just listed. I read a lot of books that tend to blend together. This one won't blend in. It was dark, it was depressing and I was torn between liking and hating the main character. But I was sucked into the story. I NEEDED to know what happened next. And this book made me feel. Maybe they weren't all good feelings , but who says all books have to be happy. I will definitely read more by this author, especially if the story continues the story of the main character. I want to thank net galley for an advance copy of this book. It didn't affect my review. Read it for yourself and see if you agree with me.
BuriedUnderBooks 3 months ago
Being a black Texas Ranger comes with its own set of problems, as you might expect, and Darren Mathews is indeed dealing with those issues as well as repercussions from his last case. On top of that, his own mother is blackmailing him, his marriage is strained and alcohol is getting the better of him. Investigating the disappearance of a young boy draws him back into the world of white supremacy when the Rangers think Darren is the best man to work with the local white sheriff because the boy, son of a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, was last seen in a black community. Darren is confronted by racial prejudice from the white people in town, including the sheriff, but also believes that Leroy Page, an elderly black man who saw the child, is not cooperating with the hunt for the boy. Darren’s friend, Greg, a white FBI agent, shocks Darren when he posits that Leroy just might be guilty of a hate crime in reverse. Could he be right? Several threads in this story reflect the racial stress that has been growing in this country but Ms. Locke has a deft way with words and creates a kind of tension we don’t often see. Getting to the resolution of this disappearance is rough but I couldn’t look away until I knew what really happened.
Fredreeca2001 4 months ago
Darren is a Texas Ranger. He is called in on a case to help find a young boy. As the case slowly develops, so do the racial undertones. He also finds a connection to a previous case. One, in which, he hoped would stay buried. I enjoy a book where the main character is flawed. And Darren is definitely flawed. He has made plenty of bad choices and big mistakes. One big one from a previous investigation actually has him being blackmailed, by his mother, no less! Darren is such a “real” character with “real” troubles that I rooted for him to succeed. You will have to read the book to see how that worked out! This is an intricate, twisted mystery with plenty of action thrown in. If you need a good book to immerse your self in. This is it! I have only read one other Attica book. I must remedy that soon. I received this novel from Serpent Tale Books for a honest review.
ValsWindow 5 months ago
Attica Locke creates stories rich in setting and character and entwined with history. (Bluebird, Bluebird) The plot of her latest, HEAVEN, MY HOME, is not only intense but complex and multilayered. Levi, the nine-year-old son of an Aryan Brotherhood leader, goes missing. Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is assigned to find him. As crime novels go, that would be ordinary, except Matthews is black and must follow the law even when faced with legal and moral issues. One of the settings he’s called to, Hopetown, was created after the civil war for freed slaves. Now white supremacists live there too, making a living off people who are nostalgic for anti-bellum Texas. Matthews comes into the assignment with personal problems, including a mother who doesn’t have his best interests at heart, a vulnerable marriage, and a past investigation that haunts him. As a character, he’s so fully fleshed out that I feel as if I know him, making his story the kind I yearn for as a reader. I won’t go into any more plot details as other reviews have covered those. I do enjoy how Locke interweaves Texas history in the novel, plus pulls us into a world in 2016 that is more conflicted than it was a few decades ago. Like a Pandora’s Box of Bigots, the racists have become emboldened and don’t fear the law. Levi the nine-year-old is a bad actor, but questions arise for Matthews as well as the reader as Matthews must put aside his feelings and search for the boy. Should Levi be held to same standards as his racists’ relations? Is his hate conditioning or something more rooted in his genetic make-up? Locke leans heavily on the idea of forgiveness. Should we always try to forgive, or are there times we cannot afford to forgive? I’m always drawn to crime and thrillers that ask big, bold, and uneasy questions like these. Early in the novel, Matthews says: “Maybe the rules had to be different. Maybe justice was no more a fixed concept than love was, and the poets and bluesmen knew the rules better than we did.” Maybe so. Think about that for a minute before you dive into the novel because once you do, you’ll be too swept up in not only what happens, but what choices the characters must make. Walk in their boots. Experience a time of both past and present, times that make moral and legal choices so difficult.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Race is always front and center in this second “Highway 59 Mystery” book following the work of black Texas Ranger Darren Matthews. In this episode, he is investigating the disappearance of a 9-year old white boy whose father (now incarcerated) was big in the Aryan Brotherhood. At the outset, it seems likely that the boy will be following in his father’s footsteps based on his early and nasty harassment of his black and native American neighbors. Set in the time period of the Trump election, the plot tangles together potential hate crimes, peculiarities of East Texas geography, and convoluted connections to history, family, and communities whose borders are not always what they seem. The latter is where Locke really shines. The writing is good, the characters have real depth (FYI the black characters are far more sympathetic than any of the white ones). Darren Matthews is a great lead — strong, competent, and human -- driven from an intense moral core. I appreciated his constant struggles with the morality of his actions, coupled with an awareness of his own flaws. I read an advance reader copy and did find the writing to be a little muddier and in need of editing than the first novel (which I thought was spectacular). This is a solid mystery — convoluted plot, deep characters, good writing — but it doesn’t achieve the literary level of book one in which I found many, many, lines of perfect craft and deep beauty (see my review of the first novel — Bluebird, Bluebird — at:https://bibliobloggityboo.com/2018/11/07/bluebird-bluebird-by-attica-locke/)
Kacey14 7 months ago
Rating: 4 shining East Texas stars This is the second book in Attica Locke’s ‘Highway 59’ series. Her first book in the series, “Bluebird, Bluebird” totally blew me away with the plotline and the elegance of the writing in a murder mystery. “Heaven, My Home” is a wonderful second addition to the series. While I liked it a tiny bit less than the first book, this outing was just as thrilling as the first book. Chronologically, this book starts just little after the conclusion of “Bluebird, Bluebird”. African American Texas Ranger, Darren Mathews, is called away from his desk job to investigate the disappearance of a 9- year-old boy that might be connected to the Aryan Brotherhood. Darren’s mother is blackmailing hm. He has formed a tentative détente with his wife Lisa. His boss wants him to nail down more crimes tied to the Aryan Brotherhood (ABT). This needs to happen before the next President is sworn in. The consensus is that the new Administration’s Department of Justice pursuit of hate crimes will diminish. Under these conditions, Darren enters the town of Jefferson, Texas and the secluded lakeside settlement of Hopetown. Darren tries to track down Levi King, the missing 9-year-old. He also tries to figure out how to tie more crimes to the ABT. In Jefferson, that shouldn’t be too hard. He is conflicted about the state of his marriage, and he’s desperately trying to find the item that his mother is using to blackmail him. As in the first book, his life is a bit of a hot mess, but at his core Darren always wants to do the right thing. The right thing may not be the lawful thing, but it is always the just thing. There is plenty of action in this book. The continued race-relations issues encountered by the African American and Native American characters in this book were disturbing. It is hard to believe that these things still go on today. I do however believe it. I loved that Caddo Lake and its history was actually a large part of the story. I liked the time spent describing the lake and the cypress forests. It is now some place that I’d like to see for myself with the right guide. Occasionally it seemed that there was too much going on, and it took too long to get to the main core of the story. That is why I’m knocking off one star in my rating. I’d gladly recommend this to anyone who enjoys an intelligent police procedural mystery. This one has a flawed main character you can’t help but to root for. I am eagerly waiting the publication of the third book in this series. In order to get the fullest enjoyment of this series, I’d recommend starting with “Bluebird, Bluebird”. It's not absolutely necessary, but the nuances in this book will be better understood if you read the series in order. ‘Thank-You’ to NetGalley; the publisher, Mulholland Books; and the author, Attica Locke, for providing a free e-ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
labmom55 7 months ago
Wow! Talk about timely. Darren Matthews has been working on a Texas Ranger task force investigating the Aryan Brotherhood. But there’s about to be a changing of the guard in Washington. There’s a real concern that the incoming Trump Justice Department might “mistake the Aryan Brotherhood for some sort of honor guard”. What makes this interesting is that Darren’s new investigation has him looking for the missing son of the head of the ABT. The father is locked up in prison. Oh, did I mention that Darren is black? I really appreciated the first book in this series. I do think it helps to have read book 1, “Bluebird, Bluebird” because there are definitely plot points that carry over. I listened to Bluebird, Bluebird, so I don’t think I really appreciated the power of Locke’s writing. Reading this book, it really awed me. This is not your typical mystery. Darren is a wonderful character, but I also appreciated the depth of others, like Greg and Marcus. This story moves along at a good clip. There are multiple themes here, but underlying all of them is the tense race relations of East Texas. The history of the region is well researched and interwoven with the present day stories. The book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, which hopefully means there will be a third in the series. My thanks to netgalley and Mulholland Books for an advance copy of this book.
suekitty13 7 months ago
I loved the first book in this series but “Heaven, My Home” is even better! I feel like we are getting to the meat of the story with Darren, a Black Texas Ranger, on the case of another racially motivated crime. Searching for a missing white boy puts him in deep with the kid’s family of White Supremacists. It’s a complicated and twisty plot which requires a fair bit of thought and attention but the payoff is worth it. I was not anticipating the boy’s fate and in the end I was surprised. I love how most of the characters are good and bad and it’s difficult to tell which way they will turn. This makes everything unpredictable as you never know who to trust, and even the characters who have earned trust sometimes screw up. In a story focused on black and white when it comes to morality it’s all shades of grey. What really stands out about this series is the strong sense of place. The writing is so evocative of East Texas that I feel like I’ve been there. The food, the cypress forests, the swamps; it is all painted so vividly that I can almost feel the sun on my shoulders while reading. The other big theme in this series is the absolutely brutal rampant racism. It’s shocking and horrendous. Many times I was livid and just as often I was sad. What a horrible state affairs have developed under the legacy of slavery. There’s still a long way to go in eradicating ignorance and hate and I don’t think it will happen anytime soon. Just a note: This story is set between the last American presidential election and Trump taking office and emphasizes the increase in hate crimes seen by law enforcement in that period. The police and the Rangers lament that it will be much harder to investigate and prosecute the Aryan Brotherhood with Trump as president. This is a story very much rooted in the present social and political miasma. The character development of Darren has been stellar. I may not agree with all of his choices, especially the one at the end of the book, but he’s been established by the story so well that I feel like I understand him and his sometimes questionable actions. I’m very excited to see where Darren ends up for his next case! Thank you to Mulholland Books for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
JCNash 7 months ago
Attica Locke's second installment of her Highway 59 series, which follows award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird, is every bit as compelling as the first. We follow Texas Ranger Darren Matthews as he investigates a missing child in another rural part of Northern Texas shortly after the events of Bluebird, Bluebird, which continue to haunt him. Ranger Matthews is probably one of my favorite "detective mystery" main characters. He's deeply flawed but there's a constant undercurrent of him trying to do the right thing - even if it's not necessarily the legal thing. Heaven, My Home introduces the reader to several new characters, many of whom are pieces of work, especially the missing boy's grandmother, who seems more concerned with her legacy of power than with her missing grandchild. I also adored the setting of this new novel - Caddo Lake gave me great Louisiana bayou vibes while being distinctly Texas. Locke deftly incorporates fascinating history of the lake and the families that live there into her mystery. And as in Bluebird, Bluebird, Locke's handling of racial tensions in this part of Northern Texas feels very realistic and balanced. Whereas Bluebird focuses on how racial issues can be warped in a small town where black and white members of a community have lived hand-in-hand their entire lives, Heaven explores racial injustice in terms of property, both pre-Civil War and modern day, in a town where the history is long. If you enjoyed Bluebird, Bluebird, definitely check out Heaven, My Home. If you haven't read Bluebird, go read that first and come back to this one. Thank you to Netgalley and Mulholland Books for my free review copy. All opinions are my own.