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The Cutting Season

A Novel
Locke, Attica (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Cutting Season


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When the dead body of a young woman is found on the grounds of Belle Vie, the estate's manager, Caren Gray, launches her own investigation into Belle Vie's history, which leads her to a centuries old mystery involving the plantation's slave quarters--and her own past.
Authors: Locke, Attica
Title: The cutting season
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 374 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Notes: "Dennis Lehane Books"
Map on endpapers
Summary: When the dead body of a young woman is found on the grounds of Belle Vie, the estate's manager, Caren Gray, launches her own investigation into Belle Vie's history, which leads her to a centuries old mystery involving the plantation's slave quarters--and her own past.
ISBN: 9780061802058
0061802050
9780062222817
0062222813
Branch Call Number: FICTION
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Report This Mar 02, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A thriller, set on a plantation in Louisiana which is now a tourist attraction, where the heroine is the manager of the plantation and also the descendent of plantation slaves. There are two murrders; one 100 years ago; one of a migrant worker now. The book is about racism and the politics of the sugar industry in the South. Well-written.

This is a mix of literary novel and mystery. Beautifully written with a fascinating background of the legacy of slavery (set on a former plantation now turned into a sort of theme park). The murder at the centre of the book is that of a migrant worker and is linked to the same sort of mindset that let slavery exist in previous times. Best reads of 2012: Philip Tew, Selection and Access Librarian, shares his top novels of 2012.

Report This Nov 13, 2012
  • bridge1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I put it down and picked it up a couple of times before I finished it. Didn't like the characters very much.

"This is a beautifully written novel that transcends the mystery genre and is as truthful as it is gripping." Thrillers and Suspense Newsletter November 2012 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=566958

Report This Oct 26, 2012
  • nutty7688 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Boring......

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