Thomas Mullen’s Darktown is an important book. Inspired by – and dedicated to – the legacy left by the first eight African-American officers hired by the Atlanta police department, the novel does much to explain the problems of institutionalized racism inherent in law enforcement today. That Darktown manages to tackle this massive undertaking without ever losing sight of its main goal of telling a compelling and concise story for entertainment purposes is a testament to its brilliance.
From the Booking Desk:
This is the fifth post for this new feature here at BOLO Books – The APB (All Points Bulletin).
As always, competition for these slots was tough. I have already read many of these titles, so I can wholeheartedly endorse this list. There are many other excellent books coming out this fall, but these are the titles I think you will be hearing the most about.
This feature works in conjunction with the weekly BOLO (Be On the Look Out) posts. Both are intended to highlight books that I am excited about in advance of their release date. In the case of the APB, the format will simply be a gallery featuring the covers and the official release date of the book. When we get closer to that release date, the BOLO post will give you more detailed information on each title, but in the meantime, feel free to research these titles on your own. And remember to pre-order!
From The Booking Desk:
Another week chock-full of interesting releases. There are a plethora of different styles to choose from, so there should be something for every reading pleasure.
When Owen Laukkanen ventured into the young adult writing world under the pen name of Owen Matthews, he created a new, unique style that is all his own. Just as with the Anthony-Award nominated How to Win at High School, Owen’s new YA novel, The Fixes, employs the briefest of chapters, contemporary and unfiltered language, and topical themes to tell a cutting-edge story highlighting the trials and tribulations of today’s youth.
Navigating the balance between familiar and fresh can be tricky business, but with her debut crime fiction title, Black Wood, SJI Holliday makes it look easy. Black Wood is one of those novels that employs the use of unreliable memory as a device to heighten the mystery and suspense.
From The Booking Desk:
As the summer begins to edge towards fall, publishing slows down just a bit. But rest assured, there are still new releases worth checking out.