Thomas Mullen is the author of five previous novels, including Darktown, an NPR Best Book of 2016, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Indies Choice Book Award, and was nominated for or won prizes in France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The follow-up, Lightning Men, was named one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of 2017 by The New York Times and was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award. His debut, The Last Town on Earth, set during the 1918 flu pandemic, was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction. He lives in Atlanta.
Thomas Mullen writes the opposite of escapist fiction: his
thrillers force the reader to confront the realities of "skewed"
Southern justice, police brutality, civic corruption and
mind-boggling racial prejudice . . . Mullen is "an expert
button-pusher". His heartfelt, heavy-hitting, feel-bad fiction
makes your blood boil * The Times *
An exemplary and compelling series . . . Enlightening and admirable * Crime Time *
All the ingredients drive the story through a terrific shoot-out and surprises to an explosive climax. Genius! * Peterborough Evening Telegraph *
Modern American literature at its most eye-opening and important and crime fiction at its compelling, excellent best * Morning Star *