"One incendiary image ignites the next in this highly combustible procedural…written with a ferocious passion that’ll knock the wind out of you."
—New York Times Book Review
"Mullen is a wonderful architect of intersecting plotlines and unexpected answers. Compelling works of fiction such as Mullen’s walk a fine line between art that reminds us of horrors past and art that trades on them with pieces too unfinished to play with.”
—The Washington Post
"Fine Southern storytelling meets hard-boiled crime in a tale that connects an overlooked chapter of history to our own continuing struggles with race today."
—Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain
“Some books educate, some books entertain, Thomas Mullen’s Darktown is the rare book that does both."
"In the way the story is told coupled with its heightened racial context, Darktown reminded me of a Walter Mosley or a George Pelecanos novel."
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“High-quality…crime fiction with a nimble sense of history…quick on its feet and vividly drawn.”
—The Dallas Morning News
“A novel that couldn’t be timelier”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Gripping…. A complicated crime fiction that melds an intense plot with fully realized characters… Mullen’s unflinching description[s] add to the realism and relevance of Darktown.”
“This page-turner reads like the best of James Ellroy.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Extremely evocative in bringing the pre-civil rights South to life.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Mullen is skilled at bringing the past to life, both socially and visually…fans of well-written literary thrillers will want this expert example.”
“From the very first page of Darktown, I was stunned, mesmerized, and instantly a huge fan of Tom Mullen. Beyond the history and the thrilling mystery, the book’s soul lies in the burgeoning partnership (and dare I say friendship) at the center of the book. It’s a reminder of the ties that cut across race in America. There is nothing I love more in a book than hope.”
—Attica Locke, author of Pleasantville
“Mullen’s epic novel works both as a fast-paced, hard-boiled thriller with the sweep of L.A. Confidential."
“In a year when the literary community has seen some stellar releases examining the issue of race in unique way—books like Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad—Darktown stands beside Revolver by Duane Swierczynski as examples of how crime fiction can elucidate the topic with pinpoint accuracy. This novel should be required reading for both police forces nationwide and the citizens they seek to protect.”