The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery (Detective Club Crime Classics)

by Rudolph Fisher, Stanley Ellin

On Sale: 01/26/2017

The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery (Detective Club Crime Classics)

by Rudolph Fisher

On Sale: 01/26/2017

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About the Book

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.

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Critical Praise

‘A detective story of the first class, written with adroitness, humor, and a clever plot.’ Boston Transcript

‘With a Black detective to solve the crime and with just enough humor on the side, the author gives us a well-constructed thriller of a little known side of Harlem life.’ Rumana McManis

‘…a puzzling mystery yarn which is at the same time a lively picture of Harlem…’ The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008216467
  • ISBN 10: 0008216460
  • Imprint: Collins Crime Club
  • On Sale: 01/26/2017
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:14.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Occult & Supernatural
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Crime
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
  • BISAC5 : FICTION / African American / Mystery & Detective

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