4 African American Mystery Writers and their Detectives

  1. Walter Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress. One of the most prolific crime fiction authors, Mosley’s most famous character is hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, a black P.I. cleaning up Watts one crime at a time. Denzel Washington played Rawlins in the film adaptation of Devil in a Blue Dress
  2. Chester B Himes, Cotton Comes to Harlem. Like many other Black detectives, Chester Himes’ NY police detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson have to use street-smarts and courage to fix a broken system. 
  3. Eleanor Taylor Bland, Marti MacAlister Series. A former Chicago cop who finds more mysteries after moving into the suburb of Lincoln Prairie is what makes Bland’s work not only exciting, but the first female African American homicide detective to star in a published series.
  4. Paula L Woods, Spooks Spies and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Fiction. Woods added her own Charlotte Justice to a growing canon of female African American cops in mystery fiction.

Andre Baronov

Highlights

  • The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Site
  • The famous alleyway from a legendary crime
  • The haunted Chicago theatre

And a whole lot more!