Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen

Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen

IMG_0994Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing me a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Lightning Men is a true crime story set in the south and I give this intense read 4 out of 5 stars.  Two ‘negro’ officers, Boggs and Smith, are trying to keep illegal white lightning off the streets of their part of town in 1950’s Atlanta.  Unfortunately, the officers are up against a smattering of outlying efforts that make keeping the streets safe even harder.  The majority of white police are corrupt which undermines everything Boggs and Smith work for, and the Klan is still alive and well, again making things more difficult. As they get closer to shutting down operations, people start getting killed. They are torn between trying to make things right and keeping enough peace that the drug and race issues in down don’t escalate into something bigger.

The writing in this book is great.  Easy to read and moves right along, yet doesn’t skimp on backstory and descriptions. Lightning Men was very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading about the old south or true crime.

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