This week, Jennie in Editorial is recommending Darktown:
If you’re looking for a gripping and highly intelligent crime novel, look no further than Darktown by Thomas Mullen. Set in Atlanta in 1948, the novel follows the city’s first black police force investigating a brutal murder against all the odds. The city is rife with corruption, racism and violence and the city’s first black police force are near-powerless; they can’t arrest white suspects or drive a squad car and must operate out of a dingy basement.
Stephen King calls it a ‘brilliant blend of crime, mystery and American history’, so if you enjoyed Attica Locke’s Black Water Rising and James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential, you’ll be enthralled by the realistic characters, topical subject matter and highly entertaining mystery that is Darktown.