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The Resource Darktown

Darktown

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Darktown
Title
Darktown
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Thomas Mullen
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eng
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"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 "Fine Southern storytelling meets hard-boiled crime in a tale that connects an overlooked chapter of history to our own continuing struggles with race today." —Charles Frazier, bestselling author of Cold Mountain "This page-turner reads like the best of James Ellroy." —Publishers Weekly, starred review "In the way the story is told coupled with its heightened racial context, Darktown reminded me of Walter Mosley or a George Pelecanos novel." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "High-quality...crime fiction with a nimble sense of history...quick on its feet and vividly drawn." —Dallas Morning News "Some books educate, some books entertain, Thomas Mullen's Darktown is the rare book that does both." —Huffington Post Award-winning author Thomas Mullen is a "wonderful architect of intersecting plotlines and unexpected answers"(The Washington Post) in this timely and provocative mystery and brilliant exploration of race, law enforcement, and justice in 1940s Atlanta.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 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. A vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice
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It's 1948, and Atlanta has eight African American police officers -- but the new cops have limited privileges (no driving a police car, no entering police headquarters, no policing white parts of town, etc.) and face hostility from their peers as well as distrust from their community. One night while walking their beat, rookies Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith see a white man driving a car erratically with a young African American woman inside. When the woman is found dead, the men investigate, even though it could end their careers and maybe their lives. Blending history with mystery, this gritty 1st in a new series has already been optioned for TV, with Jamie Foxx set to produce. -- Description by Dawn Towery
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  • Loan Stars Favourites, 2016
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2016.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2016
  • RUSA Reading List, 2017.
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10524458
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Series statement
Darktown novels
Series volume
0001
Target audience
adult
Label
Darktown
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:65a9321d-044d-4438-ae32-7f3f2159ad39
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781501133886
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Darktown
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:65a9321d-044d-4438-ae32-7f3f2159ad39
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781501133886
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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