An authentic, atmospheric debut that burns with an entirely reasonable anger' Val McDermid On a dark night in Houston, Jay Porter hears a scream. Saving a woman from drowning in the bayou, he opens a Pandora's Box. An activist in his youth, now a lawyer and expectant father, this small act of heroism becomes a threat to his work, his family and even his life, yet he can't walk away from the corruption he glimpses. But before he can untangle the mystery that stretches to the highest reaches of corporate power, he must confront the secrets of his past. 'A stylish, involving literary thriller with a strong emphasis on human politics and character' George Pelecanos'Locke has an extraordinary gift' Guardian' Superbly written and hugely compelling ... Black Water Rising's concerns are much wider than the simple thrills it also provides. Locke is excellent at bringing the city to life' Independent' A seamless marriage of social comment and slick crime action.