Thomas Mullen

  • 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.

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  • Après le succès de Darktown et Temps noirs, voici le troisième opus d'une saga criminelle qui explore les tensions raciales au début du mouvement des droits civiques.

    Atlanta, 1956. L'ex-agent de police nègre Tommy Smith a démissionné pour rejoindre le principal journal noir d'Atlanta en tant que reporter. Mais alors que le Atlanta Daily Times couvrait le boycott organisé par Rosa Parks à Montgomery, son directeur est retrouvé mort dans son bureau, et sa femme injustement accusée d'assassinat par la police. Qui pourrait en avoir après le principal patron de presse noir d'Atlanta ?
    Et qui était-il vraiment ? FBI, flics racistes, agents Pinkerton, citoyens opposés à la déségrégation : beaucoup de monde, en vérité, semble s'intéresser à cette affaire d'un peu trop près. Pour élucider le meu

  • Darktown

    Thomas Mullen

    Atlanta, 1948. Répondant aux ordres d'en haut, le département de police d'Atlanta est forcé d'embaucher ses premiers officiers noirs. Parmi eux, les vétérans de guerre Lucius Boggs et Tommy Smith. Mais dans l'Amérique de Jim Crow, un flic noir n'a pas le droit d'arrêter des suspects, de conduire des voitures de police ou de mettre les pieds dans les locaux de la police... Quand une femme métisse disparaît après avoir été vue pour la dernière fois dans la voiture d'un édile blanc, Boggs et Smith soupçonnent leurs collègues de vouloir étouffer l'affaire. Leur enquête les confrontera à un policier brutal qui dirige depuis longtemps le quartier.

  • 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. Un futur où tous les problèmes du monde ont été résolus. Renvoyé dans le présent, il a pour mission de veiller à maintenir ce statu quo. Pour cela, il doit faire en sorte que chaque cataclysme du passé arrive à son terme. Et notamment le grand incendie, un désastre imminent que Zed doit empêcher.

  • The future will be perfect. No hate, no hunger, no war. Zed knows because he's seen it. He's from there. His mission is to ensure that history happens exactly as it's meant to. Even the terrible events. Even the one that's about to happen, the one that will destroy our civilisation for good. In present-day Washington, Zed watches as people go about their daily lives. People like Leo, a disgraced former spy; Tasha, a lawyer grieving for a brother killed in action in Iraq; Sari, the downtrodden employee of a foreign diplomat. Unlike Zed, they have no idea what difference their choices will make. The clock is ticking. But Zed has doubts. What are his superiors not telling him? What truths has he hidden from himself? And, as he becomes more entangled in the lives of those around him, will he be able to sacrifice their present for his future?

  • BONUS: This edition contains a The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers discussion guide.
    In award-winning author Thomas Mullen’s evocative and spirited novel, we follow the Depression-era adventures of Jason and Whit Fireson--bank robbers known as the Firefly Brothers by an adoring public that worships their acts as heroic counterpunches thrown at a broken system. Late one night in August 1934, following a yearlong crime spree across the Midwest, the Firefly Brothers are forced into a police shootout and die in a hail of bullets. Or do they? Jason and Whit’s girlfriends--Darcy, a wealthy socialite, and Veronica, a hardened survivor--struggle between grief and an unyielding belief that the Firesons are alive. Wild rumors spread that the bandits are still at large. Through it all, the Firefly Brothers remain as charismatic, unflappable, and as mythical as the American dream itself, racing to find the women they love and to make sense of a world in which all has come unmoored.
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  • 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 historical 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.

  • 'A brilliant blending of crime, mystery, and American history. Terrific entertainment'
    Stephen KingDarktown is a relentlessly gripping, highly intelligent crime novel set in Atlanta in 1948, following the city's first black police force investigating a brutal murder against all the odds.
    'Magnificent and shocking'
    Sunday Times
    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'
    Sunday Times
    'Written with a ferocious passion that'll knock the wind out of you'
    New York Times'Superb'
    Ken Follet

  • Set against the dual backdrop of World War I and the devastating 1918 influenza epidemic, 'The Last Town On Earth' is a brilliantly drawn tale of morality and patriotism in a time of upheaval.

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