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Ethnic Detectives, the (1985) [Anthology]
by Eric Ambler John Ball Tony Hillerman Edward D. Hoch W. Ryerson Johnson H. R. F. Keating Ed McBain Marcia Muller Josh Pachter Hayford Peirce Georges Simenon Robert Somerlott Janwillem van de Wetering Robert van Gulik Manly Wade Wellman Raoul Whitfield James Yaffe Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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An anthology of seventeen stories, edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg, three of the stories (*) published here for the first time. Each story is prefaced by an introduction to the literary careers of the detective, sometimes with a comparison to similar fictional detectives, and of the author.


  • ix • Introduction
  • 1 • The Chinese Detective: Judge Dee
    The Coffins of the Emperor, Robert van Gulik, Judge Dee at Work ©1967
  • 26 • The Native American Detective ("Tsichah") : David Return
    A Star for a Warrior, Manly Wade Wellman, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, ©1946
  • 46 • The Czechoslovakian Detective: Dr. Jan Czissar
    The Case of the Emerald Sky, Eric Ambler, ©1940
  • 58 • The Filipino Detective: Jo Gar
    The Black Sampan, Raoul Whitfield (as "Ramon Decolta"), Black Mask, June 1932, ©1932
  • 78 • The Jewish Detective: "Mom"
    Mom Makes a Wish, James Yaffe, EQMM, ©1955
  • 94 • The Indian Detective: Inspector Ganesh Ghote
    Inspector Ghote and the Test Match, H. R. F. Keating, ©1969
  • 100 • The French Detective: Inspector Maigret
    The Most Obstinate Man in Paris, Georges Simenon, ©1947
  • 140 • The Mexican Detective: Sergeant Vincente Lopez
    The Hair of the Widow, Robert Somerlott, EQMM, ©1964
  • 153 • The Mιtis Detective: Poleon Baptiste
    White Water, W. Ryerson Johnson, This Week Magazine, ©1941
  • 164 • The Japanese Detective: Inspector Saito
    Inspector Saito's Small Satori, Janwillem van der Wetering (as "Seiko Legru") Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, ©1978
  • 187 • The Black Detective: Virgil Tibbs
    One for Virgil Tibbs, John Ball, EQMM, ©1977
  • 207 • The Gypsy Detective: Michael Vlado
    The Luck of a Gypsy, Edward D. Hoch, ©1985 *
  • 225 • The Tahitian Detective: Commissaire Alexandre Tama
    Goldfish, Hayford Peirce, ©1985 *
  • 248 • The Native American Detective (Navajo) : Corporal Jim Chee
    The Witch, Yazzie, and the Nine of Clubs, Tony Hillerman, ©1981 by the Swedish Academy of Detection
  • 265 • The Pakistani/Bahrainian Detective: Mahboob Ahmed Chaudri
    The Beer Drinkers, Josh Pachter, EQMM, ©1984
  • 283 • The Chicana Detective: Elena Oliverez
    The Sanchez Sacraments, Marcia Muller, ©1985 *
  • 306 • The Ethnic Detectives: The 87th Precinct (focus on Meyer Meyer, with backup by Steve Carella)
    "J", Ed McBain, EQMM, ©1961

"Defining what makes a detective ethnic is not always so simple. The most accepted definition requires the sleuth to be a member of a minority group within a dominant culture, one whose mannerisms, world view and approach reflect his or her ethnic origins. In addition, there is the question of just how ethnic a detective must be. Mere possession of an ethnic surname is not enough; the character's ethnicity should ideally play an important role in his/her life, and frequently play an important role in regard to a crime and/or its solution." -edited from front flap copy.

Original title: The Ethnic Detectives
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives

The following works are contained within this one:
     White Water (1941) [Short Story]
      Author: W. Ryerson Johnson
     Star for a Warrior, a (1946) [Short Story]
      Author: Manly Wade Wellman
     "J" (1961) [Short Story]
      Author: Ed McBain

Edition #1: Ethnic Detectives, the

Ethnic Detectives, the (1985)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Martin H. Greenberg Bill Pronzini
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Ethnic Detectives, the (1985)

ISBN: 0396084729

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