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We want to take a minute to acknowledge and recognize the black writers within our crime fiction community and beyond. If you haven’t read any of these series or have any questions, please call or email us and we’ll be happy to recommend the perfect one for you. The books on this page are only a small selection of titles by these authors, and this is not a comprehensive list. We encourage you to explore their other books as well as do research elsewhere for more inspiration. We recommend Crime Writers of Color.
PLEASE NOTE: White Fragility, White Rage, In Between the World and Me and many more below are all backordered. There has been unprecedented demand for these titles, which we consider a small glimmer of hope in a dark time. We will receive copies in stock at the same time as other book purveyors. Please call 713-524-8597 or email email@example.com if you'd like to reserve a copy and be notified as soon as our copies come in.
"The greatest find in American fiction since Raymond Chandler."—The Observer [London]The shocking and explosive hardboiled classic: From murderers to prostitutes, corrupt politicians and racist white detectives, Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones, Harlem's toughest detective duo, must carry the day against an absurdist world of racism and class warfare.
From one of the most revolutionary writers of the 20th century, the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today’s street lit and hip hop culture.
The first novel by “master of mystery” (The New York Times) Walter Mosley, featuring Easy Rawlins, the most iconic African American detective in all of fiction.
The award-winning first book in the series featuring black LAPD homicide detective Charlotte Justice.
"One of the best fictional detectives conjured up in years," Library Journal
BLANCHE ON THE LAM
Barbara Neely's Smart, Sassy and Groundbreaking Crime NovelWINNER OF THE AGATHA, ANTHONY & MACAVITY AWARDS
This tenth anniversary edition of the acclaimed and fearless graphic novel features enhanced toned art, an afterword by Mat Johnson, character sketches, and other additional material.
A new novel written by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!
A "heartbreakingly resonant" thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy-winning Fox TV show Empire (USA Today).
"In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it."-Ann Patchett
$14.99ISBN: 9780738752617Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Midnight Ink - August 8th, 2017
Winner of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best First Novel
Winner of the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel
Also a Lefty Award Winner and a Barry Award-Nominated Title
The Surprise Hit of the Season
Actress Dayna Anderson's Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective$15.95ISBN: 9781616958688Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Soho Crime - January 23rd, 2018
Winner of the Hammett Prize and the Nero Award
From the wealthy suburbs to the remains of Detroit’s bankrupt factory districts, August Snow is a fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay.$26.99ISBN: 9780765398147Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Forge Books - April 9th, 2019
For fans of thrilling contemporary suspense, Rachel Howzell Hall’s brilliant stand-alone novel brings seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.$9.99ISBN: 9781496714886Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Kensington - April 30th, 2019
Cops can make mistakes, even when they’re not rookies. If anyone knows that it’s Cass Raines.
$14.95ISBN: 9780525564201Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Anchor - July 30th, 2019
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE$16.00ISBN: 9781945551666Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Prospect Park Books - October 15th, 2019
Hard times are nothing new for private investigator Aaron Gunner. Working on the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, he's seen more than his fair share of trouble. But when his cousin and confidante Del Curry commits suicide after allegedly killing his wife and critically injuring their daughter Zina, Gunner knows he's about to face the hardest times of all.$28.00ISBN: 9780735216723Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020
Oprah's Book Club Pick
A New York Times Bestseller
One of The New York Times Top Ten Books of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Novel
One of TIME Magazine's Ten Best Novels of the Year$27.99ISBN: 9780062905659Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Custom House - May 12th, 2020
“[A] delicious literary Gothic debut.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, EDITORS' CHOICE
“Moody and evocative as a fever dream, Catherine House is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step.” – THE WASHINGTON POST$16.00ISBN: 9780593099667Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Berkley - May 12th, 2020
This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop—with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.$16.00ISBN: 9781947993860Availability: Able to BackorderPublished: Agora Books - November 17th, 2020
MATTHEW HENSON AND THE ICE TEMPLE OF HARLEM is the first in a new exciting retro rollicking adventure series. This re-imagined pulp novel follows the Doc Savage-style adventures of the first black man to reach the North Pole --Matthew Henson. The tail end of the Roaring 20s. Harlem.$26.99ISBN: 9781250252685Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Flatiron Books - July 14th, 2020
A New York Times Notable Books of 2020
“I loved Blacktop Wasteland...[A] fast-paced, bareknuckle thriller.” -Stephen King
"One of the year's strongest novels. Cosby invests Blacktop Wasteland with emotion while delivering a solid thriller." -Sun Sentinel$15.95ISBN: 9781496727787Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Kensington - January 26th, 2021
Award-winning author Valerie Wilson Wesley launches a thrilling new mystery series set in New Jersey, featuring a multicultural cast, and starring a caterer-turned-realtor with the gift of second sight...
In the first of a thrilling new series, one woman's extraordinary psychic gift plunges her already-troubled present into chaos--and puts her future in someone's deadly sights...$16.00ISBN: 9781400033416Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Vintage - June 8th, 2004
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.$17.00ISBN: 9781608197651Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014
Named one of the Best Books of the Century by New York Magazine
Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones, Sing, Unburied, Sing) contends with the deaths of five young men dear to her, and the risk of being a black man in the rural South.$16.95ISBN: 9780345804327Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Anchor - January 30th, 2018
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him.$16.00ISBN: 9780807047415Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.$26.00ISBN: 9780812993547Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: One World - July 14th, 2015
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT
$17.00ISBN: 9781632864130Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016$16.99ISBN: 9781580058827Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019
In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America$14.95ISBN: 9781595589194Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New Press - January 28th, 2014
Black Stats--a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans--is an essential reference for anyone attempting to fathom the complex state of our nation.$16.99ISBN: 9780062748218Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Amistad - January 7th, 2020
New York Times Bestseller • TIME Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of 2018 • New York Public Library’s Best Book of 2018 • NPR’s Book Concierge Best Book of 2018 • Economist Book of the Year • SELF.com’s Best Books of 2018 • Audible’s Best of the Year • BookRiot’s Best Audio Boo$27.99ISBN: 9781620975459Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New Press - January 7th, 2020
Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora$24.99ISBN: 9781250135995Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017
NOW A NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, INDIEBOUND, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, CHRONICLE HERALD, SALISBURY POST, GUELPH MERCURY TRIBUNE, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER | NAMED A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 BY: The Washington Post • Bustle • Men's Journal • The Chicago Re$18.95ISBN: 9780393339741Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: W. W. Norton & Company - April 18th, 2011
A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”—Boston Globe$27.00ISBN: 9780525509288Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: One World - August 13th, 2019
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.