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 Edgar Award for Best Mystery
Finalist 2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2018 Macavity Award for Best Mystery


The Cutting Season (2012)