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Darktown

By: Thomas Mullen
Narrated by: Andre Holland
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In the tradition of our most acclaimed suspense writers, the author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in Atlanta, a ripped-from-the-headlines depiction of a world on the cusp of great change involving race relations, city politics, and police corruption. 

2017 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction

Responding to pressure from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers. It's a victory of sorts, though the newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers, and their authority is limited: They can't arrest a suspect unless a white officer is present; they can't drive squad cars; they can't even enter the station through the front door. 

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man with connections to the APD turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Lucius and Boggs, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds, who risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. When their efforts stall, they have to work alongside fellow officers who include the old-school cop Dunlow and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines. 

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

©2016 Thomas Mullen (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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EXCELLENT Historical Police Procedural

I purchased this book on sale and am so glad I did! I had recently found it and put it in my wishlist. This book was certainly worth the sale price but would have been worth the credit.
I won't do a recap of the book because I think there are enough reviews and the synopsis for that. After listening to this book I was inspired to compare facts vs fiction and did some reading of articles I found from that era. I won't say that I was surprised at the accuracy. I think if anything more saddened for what these 8 black officers (there really were eight experimental officers) went through. And with the KKK alive and well and active within the police department and the Jim Crowe laws enforcing segregation these men went out in uniforms of the police but they may as well have had toy guns with all the restrictions placed on them.
I thought this was an excellent historical police procedural and HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. There is a second book in this series (Lightening Men) which I will definitely be listening to next.
Narration by Andre Holland was excellent.
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