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Darktown

(2016)
(The first book in the Darktown series)
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Awards
Dagger Awards Best Book (nominee)
"One incendiary image ignites the next in this highly combustible procedural... written with a ferocious passion that'll knock the wind out of you." - TheNew 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-quality... crime fiction with a nimble sense of history... quick 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.

Genre: Historical Mystery    

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Hardback Editions

October 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Darktown (Wheeler Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-4104-9377-6 / 978-1-4104-9377-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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September 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: Darktown
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 0-349-14205-X / 978-0-349-14205-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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September 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Darktown: A Novel (The Darktown Series)
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-5011-3386-1 / 978-1-5011-3386-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria / 37 INK
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Darktown
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-4328-4059-2 / 978-1-4328-4059-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Darktown: A Novel (The Darktown Series)
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-5011-3387-X / 978-1-5011-3387-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria / 37 INK
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February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Darktown
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 0-349-14207-6 / 978-0-349-14207-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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September 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Darktown
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-5011-5154-1 / 978-1-5011-5154-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Export Editions
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September 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Darktown
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 0-349-14206-8 / 978-0-349-14206-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Darktown: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-4423-9948-1 / 978-1-4423-9948-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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September 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Darktown
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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September 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Darktown
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
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September 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Darktown: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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September 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Darktown: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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September 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Darktown: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Darktown
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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September 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Darktown: A Novel (The Darktown Series Book 1)
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Atria Books
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