Mayoral candidate Gene Locke was not the only one in the family making headlines last year. His daughter, author and 2010 Edgar Award nominee Attica Locke, was attracting lots of media attention as well. Unlike her father, the younger Locke wasn't running for office; she was making the rounds promoting her debut novel, Black Water Rising. The book is based on real-life events. As Locke tells it, family members, including Locke's father, were in a boat on one of Houston's bayous when they heard a woman crying for help. Unable to determine where in the heavily overgrown banks of the bayou the cries were coming from, and fearful for his family who were also onboard, Gene Locke kept rowing. Unlike the former mayoral candidate, the lead character in Black Water Rising stops to render aid and lands in the middle of a convoluted conspiracy involving race relations, politics, a longshoremen's strike and, of course, murder. 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Fri., June 4, 2010