Lightning Men

Lightning Men

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition.
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""Reads like the best of James Ellroy."--Publishers Weekly (starred review, on Darktown) "Mullen is a wonderful architect of intersecting plotlines and unexpected answers."--The Washington Post, on Darktown From the acclaimed author of The Last Town on Earth comes the gripping follow-up to Darktown. Officer Denny Rakestraw and "Negro Officers" Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith have their hands full in a 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 James Ellroy and Dennis Lehane, Mullen demonstrates in Lightning Men why he's celebrated for writing crime fiction "with a nimble sense of history ... quick on its feet and vividly drawn" (Dallas Morning News)"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : 37 INK/Atria, 2017.
Edition: First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501138799
Branch Call Number: FIC MULLEN
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm


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May 28, 2018

Ditto the previous review!! Fabulous writing Fabulous story and you learn a lot along the way about Atlanta and the early civil rights movement. Highly recommend

Nov 21, 2017

Easily one of the best mysteries I’ve read and every character’s story matters. They weave in and out of the main story line and no word or action is wasted. Really, a great job!


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