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Darktown (Darktown, #1) doc ½ 384 pages ´ Thomas Mullen ´ Responding from pressure on high the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948 The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited They can’t arrest white suspectsResponding from pressure on high the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948 The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a suad car; they can’t even use the p Thank you to Netgalley Little Brown Book Group for my ARC in exchange for a fair honest review Gosh This is certainly a powerful piece of social history and although the story is fictional it is actually fact based involving the employment of Atlanta's first black police officers and around which the story is intricately wovenThe year is 1948 and Atlanta under pressure from higher up has just appointed 8 black police officers They wear the same uniform as their white counterparts but there the similarity definitely ends They have no powers of arrest they're not allowed to ride or drive patrol cars and dammit they're not even allowed into Police Headuarters that's just for whites They work out of a basement room within the local YMCAOfficers Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith two of the new recruits are on foot patrol late one night when they come across a white man in a car who's hit a lamppost He has a young black girl in the passenger seat and when they try to confront him he drives off A few blocks later they come across this car again and the young girl is seen fleeing the car in distress White officers are called to deal with him as the black officers aren't allowed to arrest him but they let him go When this girl is later found dead among garbage in a back alley Boggs Smith decide to initiate their own investigationThis investigation will bring them to the attention of white officers Dunlow Rake Dunlow is someone you don't want to cross this is one nasty individual and a complete and utter racistBoggs Smith will face racism segregation violence and hostility at every turn in their uest to get to the bottom of corruption both within the APD and also within local politicsThis story takes you into the very gutters of mankind It will also take you into the brothels as well as the grand parlours of the wealthywith unsavoury characters galore as Boggs Smith slowly uncover this city's many secretsThis book seethes with tension and injustice and of course that's down to the author's great skill in allowing us a real peek into those days of the first ever black police officers

Darktown Darktown #1 Responding from pressure on high the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948 The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a suad car; they can’t even use the p Thank you to Netgalley Little Brown Book Group for my ARC in exchange for a fair honest review Gosh This is certainly a powerful piece of social history and although the story is fictional it is actually fact based involving the employment of Atlanta's first black police officers and around which the story is intricately wovenThe year is 1948 and Atlanta under pressure from higher up has just appointed 8 black police officers They wear the same uniform as their white counterparts but there the similarity definitely ends They have no powers of arrest they're not allowed to ride or drive patrol cars and dammit they're not even allowed into Police Headuarters that's just for whites They work out of a basement room within the local YMCAOfficers Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith two of the new recruits are on foot patrol late one night when they come across a white man in a car who's hit a lamppost He has a young black girl in the passenger seat and when they try to confront him he drives off A few blocks later they come across this car again and the young girl is seen fleeing the car in distress White officers are called to deal with him as the black officers aren't allowed to arrest him but they let him go When this girl is later found dead among garbage in a back alley Boggs Smith decide to initiate their own investigationThis investigation will bring them to the attention of white officers Dunlow Rake Dunlow is someone you don't want to cross this is one nasty individual and a complete and utter racistBoggs Smith will face racism segregation violence and hostility at every turn in their uest to get to the bottom of corruption both within the APD and also within local politicsThis story takes you into the very gutters of mankind It will also take you into the brothels as well as the grand parlours of the wealthywith unsavoury characters galore as Boggs Smith slowly uncover this city's many secretsThis book seethes with tension and injustice and of course that's down to the author's great skill in allowing us a real peek into those days of the first ever black police officers

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Darktown (Darktown, #1) Ò Trust the community has put in them and even their own safety to investigate her death Their efforts bring them up against an old school cop Dunlow who has long run the neighborhood like his own and Dunlow’s young partner Rakestraw a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lin An enthusiastic 4 stars Darktown is another novel that has me ending 2017 on a reading upswingMullen's book features a small group of black police officers in Atlanta in 1948 They are the first black officers in the city They have to work out of the basement of a YMCA they can't wear their uniforms anywhere other than in the black neighbourhood they patrol and they are subject to unabashed racism within the force and broadly Against this backdrop Mullen constructs a mystery around the murder of a young black girl who was last seen in the car of a former white police officer Two of the new black police officers set out to figure out happened essentially doing so at their own peril I found that Mullen did a great job combining a complex multilayered story with this ugly historical context Figuring out how to survive not to mention how to do the right thing is pretty much impossible when the leadership and pervasive culture sanction violence and the violation of basic human rights This wasn't too long ago and don't we know it? Powerful and engaging fiction Highly recommendedThere's a second book in this series The Lightning Men that I hope to get to soon reader á º Thomas Mullen

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Thomas Mullen º Darktown (Darktown, #1) doc Olice headuarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gymWhen a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith two black cops from vastly different backgrounds Pressured from all sides they will risk their jobs the Darktown by Thomas Mullen is a 2016 Atria publication This book came highly recommended to me due to my love of crime fiction I had no idea until I had finished the book that a television program was made based on this story that starred Jamie Foxx I’ll have to check that out sometime But as for the novel this is an outstanding historical crime novel that depicts the atmosphere in Atlanta just after the second world war and before the civil rights movement Atlanta has just hired eight black men as police officers to work the ‘Darktown’ area of Atlanta a groundbreaking move but a political one which was made under pressure Boggs and Smith are two of those black men hired as beat cops for Darktown They only have so much power though If anything serious happens they have to call in the ‘real’ cops They work out of the YMCA not the police station They are resented by the white officers of course especially Dunlow a rogue racist cop that once patrolled the areaBut when a white man plows into a pole on their beat Boggs and Smith see a young black woman in the passenger side with a black eye Later the woman is found dead discarded like garbage Dunlow is not interested in solving the crime but his new partner Rakestraw is not as apathetic Still Boggs and Smith will have to risk their jobs and maybe their lives to solve the murder on their own Wow this was such an authentic depiction of this era and the attitudes about race at that time The crime story is a real stunner with several mind blowing twists along the way The suspense at times is nearly unbearable and I admit I had to wipe the sweat off my palms a few times The characters were well drawn some clearly bad corrupt and evil while others struggled with the complexities of race and prejudice and with doing the right thing no matter what Smith and Boggs were also complex in their own way and of course I loved their partnership and their commitment to truth despite the obvious danger they faced but they did encounter some support from an unlikely source The pacing is uick the dialogue is sharp but very very raw so be prepared This story is very gritty very real and not always easy to digest But the book is extremely well written is riveting and maybe one of the best crime stories I’ve read this year It’s definitely deserving of the attention and high praise it’s receivedI highly recommend this to those who enjoy gritty crime thrillers or historical mysteries 45 stars