The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery

The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery

Description

The first known mystery novel written by an African-American, originally published in 1932.

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 (1932) 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 complex and gripping plot, vividly drawn characters and unique cultural elements, Fisher's witty novel is a genuine crime classic from one of the most exciting eras in the history of black fiction.

THIS DETECTIVE STORY CLUB CLASSIC includes an archival introduction by New York crime writer Stanley Ellin, plus 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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Details

Author(s)
Rudolph Fisher, Stanley Ellin
Format
Hardback | 304 pages
Dimensions
126 x 190 x 28mm | 280g
Publication date
23 Jan 2017
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint
Collins Crime Club
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0008216452
ISBN13
9780008216450
Bestsellers rank
524,080