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  • Midnight Atlanta

  • Darktown
  • By: Thomas Mullen
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Summary

Midnight Atlanta is the stunning new novel in the award-nominated, critically acclaimed Darktown series and sees a newspaper editor murdered against the backdrop of Rosa Parks' protest and Martin Luther King Jr's emergence.

Atlanta, 1956.

When Arthur Bishop, editor of Atlanta's leading Black newspaper, is killed in his office, cop-turned-journalist Tommy Smith finds himself in the crosshairs of the racist cops he's been trying to avoid. To clear his name, he needs to learn more about the dangerous story Bishop had been working on.

Meanwhile, Smith's ex-partner Lucius Boggs and white Sergeant Joe McInnis - the only white cop in the Black precinct - find themselves caught between meddling federal agents, racist detectives and communist activists as they try to solve the murder.

With a young Rev. Martin Luther King Jr making headlines of his own and tensions in the city growing, Boggs and Smith find themselves back on the same side in a hunt for the truth that will put them both at risk.

©2020 Thomas Mullen (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Solid Thriller with Social Heft

This is the third Thomas Mullen novel in his Atlanta series and it continues to blend crime with social commentary from the depicted times and location in that the action takes place ie the racist south of the USA in the middle of the last century. As such it is a savage indictment of the attitudes and laws of those times and I only wish things had improved more in the time since the setting of the novel when even a black war hero could actually be lynched for proudly wearing his country's military uniform. Shocking and relevant, this is grim southern noir.