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Lightning Men

Thomas Mullen’s sequel to 2015’s Darktown sees Negro officers Boggs and Smith back on the beat in Atlanta’s black quarter, battling petty criminals even as they battle the racism and hatred of their colleagues. Local Klan members are doing their best to keep African Americans…
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Lightning Men

Written by Thoman Mullen — Given the current state of politics in the US and elsewhere, it’s no surprise that race features heavily in some of the recent big crime fiction releases. We loved Thomas Mullen’s  Darktown so much that it made not one but two…
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Bluebird, Bluebird

Written by Attica Locke — Trust Attica Locke to write something timely, urgent and true about troubled race relations in present-day America. As she has said in interviews, she wrote Bluebird, Bluebird before President Trump’s election, an event which has changed the book without her…
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Without Fear or Favor

Written by Robert K Tanenbaum — Among many other legal posts, Tanenbaum has been a prosecutor, an Assistant District Attorney, has taught law, and served two terms as mayor of Beverly Hills, California. This is the 29th book in the long-running series of legal thrillers…
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Love Like Blood

Written by Mark Billingham — It must be easy for a series author to fall into a pattern, giving us murder by numbers and keeping an established audience happy with a book a year. But we knew there would be something special about Love Like Blood, Mark…
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Darktown

Written by Thomas Mullen — So many countries are divided on the issues of race and identity at the moment that Thomas Mullen’s latest novel is born into a world of vitriol. Set in Atlanta in 1948, and written in tribute to the city’s first black policemen who joined the…
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A Rising Man

This prize-winning debut takes us back to 1919 Calcutta, where Sam Wyndham, formerly of the British Army and of Scotland Yard, has arrived to start a new life in the colonial police force. He’s barely had time to wipe the sweat from his brow before a…
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A Rising Man

Written by Abir Mukherjee — Calcutta, 1919, and the city is full of rising men. There are the colonials making fortunes in commodities like rubber and jute, or grafting in the administration in ways they never could back in the UK. There are cloth merchants…
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