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Darktown by Thomas Mullen
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really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-thrillers, ylto-2021

I love that my tiny hometown village (Peace Dale) in RI is transformed in this novel about race and policing in post-war Atlanta into the name of a rural Georgia town. It actually sounds like it should be (although, Hope Valley is also in RI, so I guess RIers pick quaint village names). I think I know where the author of this book lives based on all this. I am not sure what led me to download this on audible (might have been a promising daily deal), but I really enjoyed the way it explored the challenges faced by the first black officers in southern cities while also providing an interesting murder mystery as context. I had not ever heard of Thomas Mullen, but am intrigued to read more of his fiction, now that I have discovered him. I may wait a bit on the book about the 1918 pandemic, though.
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Reading Progress

September 14, 1999 – Started Reading
January 24, 2021 – Shelved
January 24, 2021 – Shelved as: unread-audible
September 18, 2021 – Shelved as: mystery-thrillers
September 18, 2021 – Shelved as: ylto-2021
September 18, 2021 – Finished Reading

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