15 April 2015.
The setting is Houston, USA in 1996. The Pleasantville of the title is an upwardly mobile black community to the north of Houston and the occasion is the election for the city's mayor. This is a political thriller packed with references to actual events and attitudes particularly in relation to Afro-American history.
The race is between Axel Hathorne, African-American former police chief and Sandy Wolcott, white woman and the current DA for Houston. Pleasantville matters in political terms because it has a minority electorate that can swing the polls. Lawyer Jay Porter is involved with a complex case defending those affected by a company that has polluted land. He is then asked to defend a man accused of murder when a girl wearing the blue shirt of the team promoting Axel disappears; eventually her body is found. The man accused is an aide to Axel, indeed he is Axel's nephew.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
This is Attica Locke's third novel - in the first, Black Water Rising, which is set in the 1980s, lawyer Jay Porter also featured.