Be­ware cor­rupt cops and the KKK

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & DVD/ Blu-Ray - Dark­town Thomas Mullen Lit­tle Brown £14.99

HOL­LY­WOOD star Jamie Foxx is work­ing on a ma­jor TV se­ries based on this bru­tally be­liev­able crime thriller.

In 1948 the mayor of At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, ap­pears to ban­ish racial seg­re­ga­tion by ap­point­ingth­e­first­black po­lice of­fi­cers. There are eight of them, and their beat is strictly the area white cops sneer­ingly call ‘Dark­town.’ Preacher’s son Lu­cius Boggs is just out of war ser­vice and proud to wear his new uni­form. But, he’s frus­trated be­cause black of­fi­cers, like he and part­ner Tommy Smith, are not al­lowed to ar­rest white sus­pects or to even visit po­lice head­quar­ters. They­work out­o­fadamp­base­ment­be­neath the YMCA. Then things take a dan­ger­ous turn when Boggs and Smith stum­ble on the mur­der of a black girl they had ear­lier seen in a car with a white driver. Against or­ders they in­ves­ti­gate. Thetrail leads themto cor­rupt­cop­swith­linkstotheKu KluxKlan. Thedeeper Boggs and Smith dig, t he murkier things get. Then a dis­il­lu­sioned young white of­fi­cer called Rakestraw de­cides to help them bring down the bad guys in blue. Mullen writes with punch and pow­er­abouta­sub­ject­that still shames the US. Re­view by Alex Gor­don. Which film was about racism in Mis­sis­sippi? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Dark­town com­pe­ti­tion by Septem­ber 29.

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