Midnight Atlanta

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What to expect

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 Jnr’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 Jnr 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.

PRAISE FOR THE DARKTOWN SERIES

‘A brilliant blending of crime, mystery, and American history. Terrific entertainment’
Stephen King

‘Superb’
Ken Follett

‘Magnificent and shocking’
Sunday Times

‘Written with a ferocious passion that’ll knock the wind out of you’
New York Times

Critics Review

  • Thomas Mullen writes the opposite of escapist fiction: his thrillers force the reader to confront the realities of “skewed” Southern justice, police brutality, civic corruption and mind-boggling racial prejudice . . . Mullen is “an expert button-pusher”. His heartfelt, heavy-hitting, feel-bad fiction makes your blood boil

    The Times
  • An exemplary and compelling series . . . Enlightening and admirable

    Crime Time
  • All the ingredients drive the story through a terrific shoot-out and surprises to an explosive climax. Genius!

    Peterborough Evening Telegraph
  • Modern American literature at its most eye-opening and important and crime fiction at its compelling, excellent best

    Morning Star

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