By Attica Locke
Los Angeles Times e-book Prize Finalist (Mystery/Thriller)
Edgar Award Nominee (Best First Novel)
The Orange Prize for Fiction (Shortlist)
“A near-perfect stability of trenchant social remark, wealthy characterizations, and action-oriented plot.... Attica Locke [is] a author clever past her years.”
— Los Angeles Times
“Atmospheric… deeply nuanced... comparable to George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane.... refined and compelling.”
— New York occasions
Writing within the culture of Dennis Lehane and Scott Turow, Attica Locke, a strong new voice in American fiction, grants an excellent thriller—and the Booklist “Best Debut Crime Novel of 2009”—that readers won't quickly forget.
Jay Porter is not often the attorney he got down to be. His such a lot promising customer is a low-rent name woman and he runs his fledgling legislation perform out of a dingy strip mall. yet he's lengthy when you consider that made peace with now not residing the yankee Dream and punctiliously tucked away his darkest sins: the weapons, the FBI dossier, the trial that almost destroyed him.
Houston, Texas, 1981. it truly is right here that Jay believes he could make a clean begin. that's, till the evening in a ship out at the bayou whilst he all of a sudden saves a lady from drowning—and opens a Pandora's field. Her secrets and techniques placed Jay at risk, ensnaring him in a homicide research which can expense him his perform, his kinfolk, or even his existence. yet sooner than he can unravel a tangled secret that reaches into the higher echelons of Houston's company strength agents, Jay needs to confront the demons of his past.
With pacing that captures the reader from the 1st scene via a thrilling climax, Black Water emerging marks the arriving of an electrifying new expertise.
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Anne Robert Jacques Turgot and the Abbé Gabriel Bonnot de Mably had both interpreted American republicanism for French readers, without fully endorsing the North American models. 86 Rousseau’s conception of republican virtue, and his dogmatism about the necessary corruption of large states, set an almost impossible task for French republicans, which contributed to the excesses of Maximilien Robespierre and Jacobin Terror in France. 94 These views had significant practical implications, however, at least in France.
3 This remains the basis of republican legal theory today. Republican legal systems are whichever systems of law and justice serve the common good of the people the best. Most legal systems claim to do so. 4 Republicanism takes this claim seriously, and proposes a political technique for realizing justice and the common good, through popular sovereignty, the rule of law, and political checks and balances among elected officials. 6 The first two provisions guarantee the third, and are only “republican” to the extent that they do so.
Representative democracy supplies the basis of the best such techniques and therefore constitutes the best form of “republican impartiality”. Democracy must be republican to be valid, which is to say conducted as a search for truth. Three assumptions are necessary for this to be possible: (1) that truth exists about what people ought to do; (2) that almost everyone is capable of perceiving moral truths; and (3) that most people want to do the right thing. These assumptions solve the three republican difficulties of: (1) getting others to accept the truth; (2) finding the truth oneself; and (3) arranging the cooperation necessary to take right action.