"Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers: they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines"--Amazon.com.
This historic novel about blackface minstrels explores below the surface. Eric Lott, writing for African American Review, described it as A novel of ideas devoted to exploring the complex fate of black and white Americans caught, as ever, in a racial history they can neither surmount nor escape.
From the acclaimed author of “the most compelling new series in crime fiction” (Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author) comes “a sharply observed novel” (New York Times) that explores race, law enforcement, and justice in mid-century Atlanta. Officer Denny Rakestraw and “Negro Officers” Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith have their hands full in an overcrowded and rapidly changing Atlanta. It’s 1950 and racial tensions are simmering as black families, including Smith’s sister, begin moving into formerly all-white neighborhoods. When Rake’s brother-in-law launches a scheme to rally the Ku Klux Klan to “save” their neighborhood, his efforts spiral out of control, forcing Rake to choose between loyalty to family or the law. Across town, Boggs and Smith try to shut down the supply of white lightning and drugs into their territory, finding themselves up against more powerful foes than they’d expected. Battling corrupt cops and ex-cons, Nazi brown shirts and rogue Klansmen, the officers are drawn closer to the fires that threaten to consume the city once again. With echoes of Walter Mosley and Dennis Lehane, Mullen “expands the boundaries of crime fiction, weaving in eye-opening details from our checkered history” (Chicago Tribune).
In 1849 Emmeline Erle and her widowed mother move from sunny southern Europe to cold and grimy Birmingham, England. The town is one of great contrasts: progress and poverty, industrial expansion and murky slums, new villas and filthy streets. Darkness and light battle in the minds of its people: principles of freedom and tolerance struggle with ignorance and prejudice; deep doubt of religious truth coexists with fanaticism. Emmeline quickly makes friends in her new home— Lizzie, the hardworking servant, and Daniel, the schoolboy living next door. For both Emmeline and Daniel, Father John Henry Newman, who runs a chapel in one of the worst sections town, becomes the most important person in Birmingham. Daniel and Emmeline come to know and admire Father Newman as he tries to help poor factory workers and to enlighten citizens blinded by suspicion and bigotry. With him they experience the anxieties of a cholera outbreak and the dangers of anti-Catholic riots. Caught up in one excitement or trouble after another, the young people finally arrive at happier times, while the walls of Father Newman's new church, a symbol of light in a dark town, rise into the smoggy Birmingham sky. This colorful and dramatic story for youth brilliantly unfolds the panorama of Victorian England—the Industrial Revolution, the Oxford movement, the Crystal Palace, and Prince Albert opening a new railway. But above all, this book portrays the character and wisdom of John Henry Newman.
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Anger... Fire... and Murder.A boy is killed in 1967 Detroit after the worse riot in American history. The three white cops at the scene are exonerated.Robert Jackson, a black Vietnam vet is devastated by the death of his younger brother. Thomas Riley, one of the cops involved, harbors a terrible secret.Robert transforms into a deadly street detective, hounding his enemies but drowning his heart in darkness. Thomas fights back with equal measure but the struggle is turning his life to ruin.As each man becomes trapped in the mystery, the unrest of the decade threatens to destroy the nation, legendary leaders are assassinated and Motown's glorious music frames the turbulent picture.Robert moves closer to the truth, forcing Thomas to a dangerous confrontation. And just as both men look into the abyss, an event occurs which galvanizes the nation and uncovers the elusive killer and his shocking motive. But justice will carry a price that must be paid with the most precious of human currency.Dark Town Redemption is set against the epic backdrop of true events in the most violent and important year in 20th century America.
Terra Incognita is a series of stories placed on an alphabetic framework stitched together loosely by characters re-appearing in them. The stories vary in style and form with a short verse and a short play thrown in for contrast. Issues are examined and while some characters take the initiative, others simply react to circumstances. They struggle through their allotted time, occasionally in flashbacks while subjected to the vicissitudes of life. Connections are made and connections are broken. Relationships develop along with the unspoken underlying notions of learning as an endless journey, and that the journey is as important as the destination. Search for true experience of being through identity and purpose is underlined in the initial story and later reprised with an implication that thoughtful reflection is useful and productive.
In the end, this book makes a convincing case for the value of laughter in our lives. "Sometimes we laugh for sinister motives, and sometimes we use humor for noble reasons. But, thank God, we often laugh for the same reason fishermen laugh -- for the halibut. Life is serious, and in the back of our minds we recall we're eventually heading for the cemetery. Fortunately, the Christian faith says the graveyard is not the last stop. Thus, we are free to enjoy funny things that happen along the way."