Situé à Atlanta en 1948, Darktown est le premier opus d'une saga criminelle complexe et fascinante qui explore les tensions radicales au début du mouvement des droits civiques, dans la lignée de Dennis Lehane et Walter Mosley.
L'officier Denny Rakestraw et les « officiers nègres » Lucius Boggs et Tommy Smith ont du pain sur la planche dans un Atlanta surpeuplé et en pleine mutation. Nous sommes en 1950 et les tensions raciales sont légion alors que des familles noires, y compris la soeur de Smith, commencent à s'installer dans des quartiers autrefois entièrement blancs. Lorsque le beau-frère de Rake lance un projet visant à rallier le Ku Klux Klan à la « sauvegarde » de son quartier, les conséquences deviennent incontrôlables, forçant Rake à choisir entre la loyauté envers sa famille et la loi. Parallèlement, Boggs et Smith tentent d'arrêter l'approvisionnement en drogues sur leur territoire, se retrouvant face à des ennemis plus puissants que prévu : flics et ex-détenus corrompus, chemises noires nazies et voyous du Klan.
Zed est un agent du futur. Dans son monde, tous les problèmes ont été éradiqués. L'incertitude est maîtrisée : les guerres, les épidémies, les famines n'existent plus. Même le désespoir a été vaincu. Renvoyé dans notre présent, l'objectif de Zed est le maintien du statu quo, c'est-à-dire l'accomplissement de chaque événement jusqu'à son terme. Le « Grand Incendie » est imminent, la catastrophe doit advenir, ça, Zed le sait. Il n'a pas le choix, et pour sauvegarder l'équilibre du monde, il n'hésitera pas à bouleverser quelques destins, à compromettre des vies. Pas de place pour le doute, l'émotion, les sentiments. Chaque seconde compte. Or, comment mener à bien cette délicate mission alors que les effets du présent commencent à apparaître sur ce futur parfait ? La perfection connaîtrait-elle quelques défauts ?
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Jason and Whit Fireson, the notorious, bank-robbing duo known as the Firefly Brothers, wake to find themselves lying on cooling boards in a police morgue. Riddled with bullet wounds, the reality is inescapable: they've been killed. But they're alive.
Set against the backdrop of one of the most virulent epidemics that America ever experienced-the 1918 flu epidemic-Thomas Mullen's powerful, sweeping first novel is a tale of morality in a time of upheaval.
Deep in the mist-shrouded forests of the Pacific Northwest is a small mill town called Commonwealth, conceived as a haven for workers weary of exploitation. For Philip Worthy, the adopted son of the town's founder, it is a haven in another sense-as the first place in his life he's had a loving family to call his own.
And yet, the ideals that define this outpost are being threatened from all sides. A world war is raging, and with the fear of spies rampant, the loyalty of all Americans is coming under scrutiny. Meanwhile, another shadow has fallen across the region in the form of a deadly illness striking down vast swaths of surrounding communities.
When Commonwealth votes to quarantine itself against contagion, guards are posted at the single road leading in and out of town, and Philip Worthy is among them. He will be unlucky enough to be on duty when a cold, hungry, tired-and apparently ill-soldier presents himself at the town's doorstep begging for sanctuary. The encounter that ensues, and the shots that are fired, will have deafening reverberations throughout Commonwealth, escalating until every human value-love, patriotism, community, family, friendship-not to mention the town's very survival, is imperiled.
Inspired by a little-known historcal footnote regarding towns that quarantined themselves during the 1918 epidemic, The Last Town on Earth is a remarkably moving and accomplished debut.
From the Hardcover edition.
Atlanta, 1948. In this city, all crime is black and white. On one side of the tracks are the rich, white neighbourhoods; on the other, Darktown, the African-American area guarded by the city's first black police force of only eight men. These cops are kept near-powerless by the authorities: they can't arrest white suspects; they can't drive a squad car; they must operate out of a dingy basement.When a poor black woman is killed in Darktown having been last seen in a car with a rich white man, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust of their community and even their own lives to investigate her death.Their efforts bring them up against a brutal old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run Darktown as his own turf - but Dunlow's idealistic young partner, Rakestraw, is a young progressive who may be willing to make allies across colour lines . . .Soon to be a major TV series from Jamie Foxx and Sony Pictures Television.
'A brilliant blending of crime, mystery, and American history. Terrific entertainment'
Stephen King on Darktown
Lightning Men follows the multi-award-nominated, highly acclaimed crime debut Darktown into a city on the brink of huge and violent change - and full of secrets.
Atlanta, 1950. In a divided city, crime comes home.
White officer Denny Rakestraw joins Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith from Atlanta's Negro Officer precinct to face the Klan, gangs and family warfare in their rapidly changing city.Black families - including Smith's sister and brother-in-law - are moving into Rake's formerly all-white neighbourhood, leading Rake's brother-in-law, a proud Klansman, to launch a scheme to 'save' their streets. When those efforts leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose between loyalty to family or the law. Meanwhile, Boggs has outraged his preacher father by courting a domestic, whose dangerous ex-boyfriend is then released from prison. As Boggs, Smith, and their all-black precinct contend with violent drug dealers fighting for turf in new territory, their personal dramas draw them closer to the fires that threaten to consume Atlanta once again. Praise for Thomas Mullen
'Magnificent and shocking'
'Written with a ferocious passion that'll knock the wind out of you'
New York Times'Superb'