Nate blakeslee is the author of american wolf a true story of survival and obsession in the west and tulia race cocaine and corruption in a small texas town which won the j anthony lukas book prize and the texas institute of letters best book of nonfiction prize blakeslee is a contributing writer for texas monthly where he served as a . In the summer of 1999 in the tiny west texas town of tulia thirty nine people almost all of them black were arrested and charged with dealing powdered cocaine. Investigative journalist nate blakeslees tale of an infamously crooked cocaine sting has plenty of villains the most prominent is tom coleman the rogue police officer whose uncorroborated testimony led to the arrest of 46 people in tulia texas in 1999 most of them black and most of them innocent. Tulia race cocaine and corruption in a small texas town by nate blakeslee illustrated 450 pp publicaffairs 2695 tulia tex doesnt quite have the ring of jasper the east texas town where a black man was dragged to his death in 1998 but from 2000 to 2003 this dying cow and farming town in the texas panhandle became increasingly notorious for a bogus drug sting that unjustly . Tulia race cocaine and corruption in a small texas town can be read any number of ways as a legal thriller a true crime tale a sociological case study of a town and its people an examination of the innerworkings of law enforcement across local state and federal institutions a hopeful tale of everyday american heroes coming to aid of
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