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Archive: Other Books > Darktown by Thomas Cullen - 4.6 stars

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Sushicat | 804 comments In 1948 the first black police officers were sworn into office in Atlanta. Their powers were very limited, their white counterparts were resentful and the force riddled with corruption.

When the corpse of a young black woman is discovered at a dump site it becomes clear fairly quickly that there will be no real investigation. Rather, a convenient black scapegoat will be found. But the young black cops can’t just let it go. Their investigation is a walk on a tightrope, were every move may prove fatal to themselves or others, or at the. Dry least cost them their job or putting an end the black police force. They are aided by a young white cop, who cannot stomach his partner’s overt bullying and corruption. But standing up to his fellow officers, many of whom are in the kkk, has its own dangers.

The time and place is very much a part of this story. The depth of racism displayed, the casual disregard for the lives of the black people is shocking. Even more so considering that this is not that far back in history.


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Susie | 4488 comments This sounds like a really interesting read Sushicat. Thanks for your review.


 Olivermagnus (lynda214) | 1913 comments I just finished this and found it so compelling I bought the second book in the series. Fabulous characters and the writing was incredibly atmospheric.


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