Thomas Mullen is the author of “The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers” and “The Last Town on Earth,” which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today, was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.
This is such a moving piece of fictionalized American history. In 1948 the first black officers are hired in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Racial tensions are still very high and although the city appoints these officers to patrol over their own streets they have very little power; no patrol cars (no radios [...]