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Darktown Darktown #1Responding from pressure on high the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948 The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a suad car; they can’t even use the p. This is a superb and wonderful read It is bleak atmospheric and relentless in the horrors of racism faced by the black community in Atlanta and beyond As a recent experiment a unit of 8 black cops has been set up to patrol Darktown They have no power of arrest and can do nothing in apprehending white perpetrators Boggs and Smith are two of the black cops who see an ex cop Brian Underhill treating a black woman Lily Ellsworth brutally after he had crashed into a lamp post White cops Dunslow and Rake let him go Dunslow in particular is a brutal and corrupt cop Rake does not agree with what he does but Dunslow is typical of APD cops in that his attitudes and behaviour are common and the black cops are treated with disdain and contempt There are dirty corrupt and murdering cops with bone deep racism who intend to fight the nominal notion of black cops with every breath in their bodies by any means necessary There is no such thing as a fair judicial system if you are black Lily is discovered murdered and although Boggs and Smith have no powers to investigate they fly beneath the radar to do so Rake finds some inner courage to dig deeper into this case but has do this covertly to escape the wrath of his fellow officers and the dangers it would bring him There are tragic conseuences for the Ellsworth family who live in the countryside where the situation for blacks is considerably worse It is clear that there are important and powerful elements who will do anything to protect themselves as further murders take place There is a secret unit used by white police officers to carry out their dirty work known as the Rust Suad that is involved with the case The racism that the author portrays is harrowing and stomach churning I found it so hard to read about As the three cops find themselves working together in an unprecedented manner they do get resolution to the case However the story is all shushed up and gets absolutely no public coverage There is a tiny acknowledgement that the black police unit is here to stay but nothing in the way of any power being given to themThis is an utterly compelling novel I am not surprised that a TV series based on this book is being made It has a gripping narrative that keeps the reader completely engaged with the story The depiction of the segregated society and a police force that feels free to kill steal brutalise and charge innocent blacks with impunity is hard hitting The darkest part of the Southern Soul is laid bare and it is does not make pretty viewing Absolutely loved this book and would urge others to read it Highly recommended Thanks to Little Brown for an ARC

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CHARACTERS Ï Darktown (Darktown, #1) Å Responding from pressure on high the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948 The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a suad car; they can’t even uOlice headuarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gymWhen a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith two black cops from vastly different backgrounds Pressured from all sides they will risk their jobs the. Darktown A NovelGenre – Historical FictionIt is a historical fact that Atlanta’s first black police officers were hired in 1948 There were eight officers hired Seven of the eight officers were veterans of WWII This book presents a fictional account of how events might have transpired in a mystery of the death of black womenThe black officers were not allowed at the Atlanta Police Headuarters they were assigned to the basement of the Negro YMCA They were only allowed to patrol in predominantly black neighborhoods The black officers were not considered real officers by their white “peers” and were often subject to jeers and name calling On patrol one night Officers Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith black officers heard a crash and went to investigate The discovered a white man driving a Buick had run into a lamp pole Officer Boggs asked for the driver’s license and registration the driver smelled of alcohol The passenger in the car was a young black woman who based on Officer Smith’s observation had a puffy red lip on one side of her face The driver refused to provide the reuested documents The Buick drove off and Boggs and Smith had to use a call box to reuest a patrol car locate the Buick to make an arrest Black officers were not assigned patrol cars White officers Lionel Dunlow and Denny Rakestraw were dispatched to the call Officer Dunlow a long time cop did not consider the black officers to be real cops Officers Dunlow and Rakestraw did find the car and Dunlow talked to the driver while Rakestraw called in his license and registration No warrant or other negative information was on the driver’s record Dunlow dismissed the driver leaving Rakestraw confused as to why Dunlow did not write a ticket for drunk driving or the accidentA day or two later Boggs and Smith while on patrol discovered a body in a dump Smith was sure the body was the same woman that was in the Buick days earlier He recognized the bright yellow dress They called for help at a call box Their sergeant Officer McInnis a white officer responded to the scene They told him that they were sure this was a woman seen with the driver of the car they had approached days agoThere was not much interest in a dead black woman However during the course of the story Officers Boggs and Smith continue to investigate while off duty Unknown to them Office Rakestraw also has uestions and investigates on his own Many twists and turn continue during the course of their investigations Great story

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Trust the community has put in them and even their own safety to investigate her death Their efforts bring them up against an old school cop Dunlow who has long run the neighborhood like his own and Dunlow’s young partner Rakestraw a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lin. An enthusiastic 4 stars Darktown is another novel that has me ending 2017 on a reading upswingMullen's book features a small group of black police officers in Atlanta in 1948 They are the first black officers in the city They have to work out of the basement of a YMCA they can't wear their uniforms anywhere other than in the black neighbourhood they patrol and they are subject to unabashed racism within the force and broadly Against this backdrop Mullen constructs a mystery around the murder of a young black girl who was last seen in the car of a former white police officer Two of the new black police officers set out to figure out happened essentially doing so at their own peril I found that Mullen did a great job combining a complex multilayered story with this ugly historical context Figuring out how to survive not to mention how to do the right thing is pretty much impossible when the leadership and pervasive culture sanction violence and the violation of basic human rights This wasn't too long ago and don't we know it Powerful and engaging fiction Highly recommendedThere's a second book in this series The Lightning Men that I hope to get to soon