The Conjure-Man Dies, by Rudolph Fisher

Staff Pick

First published in 1932 during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, this superb mystery was the first to feature a Black detective--two of them, in fact. The plot revolves around a dead psychic, and suspects include high-lifes and low-lifes, but Conjure-Man consistently defies expectations, flipping the entire notion of a “locked-room” mystery on its head as Fisher piles twist upon twist. The physician-turned-author and Pan-Africanist also compiled a slang dictionary of Harlemese, and among the book's many pleasures is the wicked snap and crackle of its streetwise patter. This is a landmark mystery that's far from finished delighting audiences.


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ISBN: 9781464215964
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - April 5th, 2022

City on Fire, by Don Winslow

Staff Pick

The opening installment of a planned trilogy, this entertaining story is crafted from some of the mainstays of the Western canon (notably The Iliad and The Aeneid), yet Winslow has crafted the old plot line of two families at war into a fresh story set in 1980s New England. As Winslow plans to retire from writing upon the completion of this project, it stands as a send-off of sorts, and one that perfectly caps the career of one of the finest crime writers of his generation.

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ISBN: 9780062851192
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Published: William Morrow - April 26th, 2022