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What happens when the right person is at the wrong place, at the wrong time? It's 1948 and Atlanta just opened its all-white police force to blacks. But when Lucius Boggs and his fellow black officers try to bring justice to the world of law enforcement, they discover that their badge means something completely different than they thought. Thomas Mullen's Darktown has it all. Cops, criminals, and a country where some are more equal than others.

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The Author
Thomas Mullen is the author of Darktown, an NPR Best Book of the Year, which has been shortlisted for the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Indies Choice Book Award, and has been nominated for two CWA Dagger Awards; The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction; The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers; and The Revisionists. His next novel, Lightning Men, the sequel to Darktown, will be published in September 2017

Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers; they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters.

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines. Among shady moonshiners, duplicitous madams, crooked lawmen, and the constant restrictions of Jim Crow, Boggs and Smith will risk their new jobs, and their lives, while navigating a dangerous world - a world on the cusp of great change.

Set in the postwar, pre-civil rights South, and evoking the socially resonant and morally complex crime novels of Dennis Lehane and Walter Mosley, Darktown is a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.

"Today, the city is known as one of the most progressive in the South. Proudly dubbed "The City Too Busy to Hate," it never erupted into the racial violence that made other large Southern metropolises infamous. But the city wasn't too busy to keep its African-American citizens in their assigned "place."" -In an interview with Thomas Mullen on NPR Source: wikimedia.org
The Author
Thomas Mullen is the author of Darktown, an NPR Best Book of the Year, which has been shortlisted for the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Indies Choice Book Award, and has been nominated for two CWA Dagger Awards; The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction; The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers; and The Revisionists. His next novel, Lightning Men, the sequel to Darktown, will be published in September 2017
Early Feedback
"One incendiary image ignites the next in this highly combustible procedural…written with a ferocious passion that'll knock the wind out of you."
~ The New York Times Book Review ~

Why Yes?
Incendiary. Emotional. Pyschological. Makes you angry.

Why Now?
"Darktown confronts the additional challenge of salting wounds freshly made with the killings of today's black men by today's police"-David D. Troutt, author of "The Importance of Being Dangerous"

It's Like...
It's like True Detective meets Shots Fired.

Perfect For…
Perfect for crime-lovers who could use a hint of mystery and American history.

Heavy or Light?
Heavy, but ultimately hopeful.