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Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes (1995) [Anthology]
by Eleanor Taylor Bland Rudolph Fisher Samuel Greenlee Chester Himes Walter Mosley Barbara Neely Ann Petry Mike Phillips Njarni Simon John A. Williams Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Edited by: Paula L. Woods

Including classic works by writers of the Harlem Renaissance and stories by contemporary bestsellers like Walter Mosley, this groundbreaking collection will please and surprise mystery fans and students of black fiction alike. Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes brings together for the first time a collection of the best mystery and crime fiction by black authors from around the world-much of it long out of print, generally unavailable, or not previously published. For years, Charlie Chan's stereotypical sidekick Birmingham Brown, popularized by the 1930s movie series, was the only commonly seen image of the black detective. And yet, by 1932, Rudolph Fisher had already written The Conjure-Man Dies, the first detective novel to feature a black protagonist. In this sequel work, John Archer, a suave Harlem physician, and his detective pal Perry Dart provided a unique twist on the Holmes/Watson team, and foreshadowed Chester Himes's memorable duo, Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, who dominated the literary black crime scene for about thirty years-from the 1950s to the 1980s. Ranging from Fisher and Himes to the influential nongenre writers Richard and Ann Petry; from the political thrillers of John A. Williams and Samuel Greenlee to the international perspective of Mike Phillips and Njarni Simon; from the earliest mystery story by an African-American (written in 1900) to modern mainstream authors including Walter Mosley, Barbara Neely, and Eleanor Taylor Bland, Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes is an eclectic, rich, and inunensely entertaining compendium that is sure to delight a wide and various audience.


  • Talma Gordon by Pauline E. Hopkins
  • excerpt from The Conjure-Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher
  • The Shoemaker Murder by George S. Schuyler
  • Summer Session by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
  • His Last Day by Chester Himes
  • On Saturday the Siren Sounds at Noon by Ann Petry
  • Corollary by Hughes Allison
  • The Man Who Killed a Shadow by Richard Wright
  • excerpt from The Man Who Cried I Am by John A. Williams
  • excerpt from The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee
  • Fearless by Walter Mosley
  • And Pray Nobody Sees You by Gar Anthony Haywood
  • Personal Woman by Mike Phillips
  • The Thirtieth Amendment by Hugh Holton
  • Dead Manís Shadow by Gary Phillips
  • Death and the Point Spread by Percy Spurlark Parker
  • excerpt from Coffin & Co. by Njami Simon
  • The Man Who Said Iím Not by Eleanor Taylor Bland
  • Spilled Salt by BarbaraNeely
  • Killing Color by Charlotte Watson Sherman
  • Tell Me Moore by Aya de Leůn
  • excerpt from Night Songs by Penny Mickelbury

Original title: Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Fiction
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives
FictionGeneral FictionBlack (african-american)

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Edition #1: Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes

Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes (1995)
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Language: English

Edited by: Paula L. Woods
  • "Open this rich collection to any story and discover a world that crackles with mystery, wit, atmosphere, murder, and intelligence." Tina McElroy Ansa
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