Attica Locke
Jay Porter, a struggling black lawyer and former civil rights worker, starting in 1981 Houston, Texas:

Black Water Rising (2009) [review]
2010 Edgar Award for Best First Novel
Finalist 2010 Barry Award for Best First Novel

Pleasantville (2015)
Finalist 2015 Gold Dagger Award

Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, with family and alcohol problems, in rural east Texas, in the Highway 59 series:

Bluebird, Bluebird (2017) [review]
2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel
2018 Steel Dagger Award
2018 Edgar Award for Best Mystery

Finalist 2018 Gold Dagger Award
Finalist 2018 Macavity Award for Best Mystery

Heaven, My Home (2019) [review]
Finalist 2020 Lefty Award for Best Mystery


The Cutting Season (2012)


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