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“One incendiary image ignites the next in this highly combustible procedural, set in the city’s rigidly segregated black neighborhoods during the pre-civil-rights era and written with a ferocious passion that’ll knock the wind out of you.”

 —The New York Times

THE INKWELL BOOK CLUB’s Official September selection

Evoking the socially resonant and morally complex crime novels of Dennis Lehane and Walter Mosley, Darktown explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice in an intricately plotted crime saga that feels ripped from today’s headlines.

 “This page-turner reads like the best of James Ellroy.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“Some books educate, some books entertain, Thomas Mullen’s Darktown is the rare book that does both.”

Huffington Post

“Gripping.…A complicated crime fiction that melds an intense plot with fully realized characters…Mullen’s unflinching description[s] add to the realism and relevance of Darktown.”

—Associated Press  full review

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