Review: Lightning Me by Thomas Mullen

September 11, 2017


From the acclaimed author of The Last Town on Earth comes the gripping follow-up to Darktown, a “combustible procedural that will knock the wind out of you” (The New York Times).


Officer Denny Rakestraw, “Negro Officers” Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith, and Sergeant McInnis have their hands full in an overcrowded and rapidly changing Atlanta. It’s 1950 and color lines are shifting and racial tensions are simmering. Black families—including Smith’s sister and brother-in-law—are moving into Rake’s formerly all-white neighborhood, leading some residents to raise money to buy them out, while others advocate a more violent solution. Rake’s brother-in-law, Dale, a proud Klansman, launches a scheme to rally his fellow Kluxers to save their neighborhood. When those efforts spiral out of control and leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose between loyalty to family or the law.


He isn’t the only one with family troubles. Boggs has outraged his preacher father by courting a domestic, and now her ex-boyfriend has been 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.


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*** 3 Star Review ***


After reading Darktown, I was anticipating this book. I was anxious to see what Mullen had in store for these characters this time. 


In Darktown, the story was ever moving and kept me on my toes. I was rarely bored or ready for the next shoe to drop. In Lightning Men, it was much slower moving. There was very little happening in this story like in Darktown. We are given the mystery soon. From there, it moves slow and there aren't a lot of pieces to the puzzle.


This book contains way too much information that is in no way pertinent to the story. Mullen spends way too much time talking about things that have nothing to do with the story at all. He seems more concerned with the surroundings of each scene versus the actual scene itself. He goes on and on about trees and things like that in this book.

I am a fan of Darktown, but I am not impressed with this story. It could have been so much more of a story had there been more story to the story. 

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