Susan’s Staff Pick – “Darktown”

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Thomas Mullen has written a historical fiction crime story that is relevant to today’s headlines.

The story is set in Atlanta in 1948; the Atlanta police department has just hired the first black police officers and the problems began.

I was dismayed, though not shocked, to read some of the details – the new police officers were not welcome in the city’s police station. They had their own mini-station in the basement of the local YMCA. They were actively threatened, belittled and almost killed at various times by their fellow officers – the white ones.

However, there are glimpses of cooperation between some officers as they try to solve the crimes against black residents of the city.

Currently, many of the issues between black and white officers still seem to be problematic as do the relationships between people and police officers in general.

This is a thought-provoking, interesting book. Worth reading!

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