Darktown by Thomas Mullen is set in Atlanta in 1948. Atlanta has just appointed its first black police officers to patrol the black ghettos within the city. The murder of a young black woman looks like being ignored and covered up by the all white detectives until two black officers start asking questions.

I loved this, it is charged with racial tension, historic detail and a plot that you don’t want to put down. It’s well written builds to a superb climax and I can’t recommend it enough. If you like hard boiled crime, read this. I’m looking forward to reading more by Mullen

4.5/5 (because nothing is perfect)

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