The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery: The first ever African-American crime novel (Detective Club Crime Classics)

The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery: The first ever African-American crime novel (Detective Club Crime Classics)

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Overview

A unique crime classic: the very first detective novel written by an African-American, set in 1930s New York with only Black characters.

When the body of N’Gana Frimbo, the African conjure-man, is discovered in his consultation room, Perry Dart, one of Harlem’s ten Black police detectives, is called in to investigate. Together with Dr Archer, a physician from across the street, Dart is determined to solve the baffling mystery, helped and hindered by Bubber Brown and Jinx Jenkins, local boys keen to clear themselves of suspicion of murder and undertake their own investigations.

The Conjure-Man Dies was the very first detective novel written by an African-American. A distinguished doctor and accomplished musician and dramatist, Rudolph Fisher was one of the principal writers of the Harlem Renaissance, but died in 1934 aged only 37. With a gripping plot and vividly drawn characters, Fisher’s witty novel is a remarkable time capsule of one of the most exciting eras in the history of Black fiction.

This crime classic is introduced by New York crime writer Stanley Ellin, and includes Rudolph Fisher’s last published story, ‘John Archer’s Nose’, in which Perry Dart and Dr Archer return to solve the case of a young man murdered in his own bed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008216474
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 01/19/2021
Series: Detective Club Crime Classics Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 670,442
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

One of the premier writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Rudolph Fisher wrote stories depicting the multifaceted black urban experience that are still acclaimed today for their humor, grace, and objective view of Harlem life. Through his words, wrote the New York Times Book Review, ‘one feels, smells, and tastes his Harlem; its people come alive and one cares about them.’

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