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WORD: Attica Locke novel ‘The Cutting Season’ first book in Dennis Lehane imprint

Attica Locke's sophomore novel "The Cutting Season" will be published Sept. 18 and mark the debut title from HarperCollins’ new imprint helmed by award-winning author Dennis Lehane, who is launching his own novel through just two weeks later.

Locke's new novel is a thriller centering around the discovery of a dead body on a Louisiana plantation. Locke's debut novel was "Black Water Rising," a critically acclaimed story that was a finalist in 2010 for an Edgar Award, considered America’s most prestigious award for crime and mystery novels.

When Black Water Rising debuted in June 2009 it was widely hailed as a promising debut for Locke, who based the novel's premise on a real-life incident that happened to her father. Black Water Rising told the story of a civil rights activist turned lawyer who saves a woman from drowning on the bayou -- setting forth a murder investigation that ensnares him.

Three years later Locke will launch The Cutting Season on Sept. 18, when it will be available in bookstores across the USA. It's also getting sold at the HarperCollins website as well as at Amazon and other online retailers.

Ironically, when Locke debuted her first  novel it earned her comparisons to Lehane -- who is best known for his iconic novels like "Mystic River," which was made into a major Hollywood film starring Sean Penn. Some of his nearly a dozen other works include "Shutter Island" (starring Leonardo DiCaprio) and "Moonlight Mile."
Lehane describes his upcoming novel, "Live by Night," as an epic of Prohibition-era America told through the story of a charismatic young gangster on his rise through the glitz and the violence of the Roaring 1920s. It comes out October 2 and is available here.
HarperCollins established the new imprint Dennis Lehane Books in 2011. Find out more about the imprint at its website.


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