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