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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 25-08-2017

Great listen! Unfortunately still resonates today!

Great listen! Unfortunately still resonates today! Narrator really brings the story to life. Would recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By S.M O'Neill on 18-03-2018

excellent crime debut set in the deep racist South

Powerful police procedural revolving around two black cops and their investigation into the murder of a young negro girl in Atlanta, just after WW2. narrator brings this dark tale to life beautifully.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. Magnus H. Smith on 03-11-2017

awesome book

one of the best books I have listened to on audible. This is reminiscent of great James Ellroy novels.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vaan on 24-10-2017


Great characters and lots of twists. Hope we hear more of Boggs and Smith and their police force.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Baz Borozitch on 02-10-2017


Beautifully read, brilliantly written. Fascinating history with a great plot effortlessly woven into the setting.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Suzy on 31-08-2017

Great social history

I thought this was a good listen, quirky story and retro like the first TV series of True Detective.

The setting is segregated Atlanta post world war 2 and the friction between the first "coloured cops" and the established white officers. Told in alternating chapters giving viewpoints from two sets of cops. In the background is a murder to solve (young black girl who was fired from a rich white household) but I felt solving the crime was secondary to the portrait of the period and the social history.

At times it was tricky to remember which pair of cops was the focus as the voices were the same but the narrator had a great voice, he did a good job and really added to my enjoyment of the book.

What was interesting were the expectations of the local population and how they interacted with the new negro officers. It gave a really good insight into the period. Not racy or fast paced, this is a slow, considered commentary on life.

I was disappointed to find this is one of a series. I tend to avoid series as I feel they quickly become formulaic so I won't rush to get it.

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