Darktown

A Novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (10 discs)
Product Number: DD26189
Released: Sep 13, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781442399488
Narrator/s: Andre Holland
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"One incendiary image ignites the next in this highly combustible proceduralwritten 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-qualitycrime fiction with a nimble sense of historyquick 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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Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Series: Darktown Series No: 1
Awards:2017-Fiction-Finalist-Audies

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Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Narrator(s): Andre Holland
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Product Number Z100135994
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781442399495
eBook
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Author(s): Thomas Mullen
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Product Number EB00626316
Released: Sep 13, 2016
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: #9781501133886

Professional reviews

"AndrŽ Holland gives voice to a gripping police procedural that takes place in 1948 but is relevant to today's world. Navigating Atlanta's tense race relations and police corruption, two of the city's first, and few, black police officers attempt to solve the murder of a young black woman. Listening to Holland's soothing reading will make listeners feel like they're walking Atlanta streets on a hot summer night. As the officers work to unravel the mystery--and whom they can trust--Holland's even pace and reassuring tone keep listeners engaged. DARKTOWN's realism and pertinence combined with Holland's expert narration create a compelling crime drama that speaks to hot-button issues we still face today. A.G.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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