Narrator: JD Jackson
Series: Highway 59 #2
Published by Hachette Audio on September 12, 2019
Length: 9 hours, 17 minutes
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Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is on the hunt for a boy who's gone missing - 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 Matthews 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.
Attica Locke proves that the acclaim and awards for Bluebird, Bluebird were justly deserved, in this thrilling new novel about crimes old and new.
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I am along for the ride with the Highway 59 series. The characters are very well developed and there is such a range in each one, black, white and all the grays. They are complex and make mistakes, such real people they are. There are also quite a bit of racial issues in the stories in many forms.
Overall, there is the mystery of the case. In Heaven, My Home, there are multiple cases involved, not all of them are Darren’s but he is solving more than the one he was assigned. Texas is a tough place for an African-American to be a ranger and to have his long-time family home. He does have a reasonable supervisor.
Of course, his personal issues are blowing up with his wife, family, work contacts, and old friends. Nothing could be simple and easy in his life it seems. I really enjoyed this diverse mystery with its interesting historical background and fantastic characters.
The narration was by the same narrator as the first book, so I was familiar with his style. The voices were performed with some inflections for the area of the country. The male and female voices felt right. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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