Thomas Mullen’s book – Darktown is a gripping, yet shocking and unsettling crime story.
The novel is set in pre-civil rights 1948 Atlanta. Mullen takes readers on an investigative journey of Atlanta’s first black police department.
With all good crime stories, there’s a problem. The authority of this department is limited due to fact they are black.
They can’t arrest white suspects, drive a squad car or use police headquarters. They work from the basement of a gym.
A black woman turns up fatally beaten – last seen in a car driven by a white man. The force risks everything to investigate the murder.
The ‘magnificent’ novel is soon to be a major TV series.
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