Shades Of Black: Crime And Mystery Stories By African-American Authors
A dazzling collection of crime and mystery stories, Shades of Black is a landmark achievement. Bringing together today's brightest talent from the field-from Walter Mosley, "one of America's best mystery writers" (New York Times), to the late Hugh Holton, whose "gift for retaining suspense is golden" (Chicago Sun-Times)-it is the first anthology of African-American mystery...more
Some of the good stuff: "Since You Went Away," "Murder on the Southwest Chief," "Doggy Style" (which had elements of horror missing from the Holton), and "For Services Rendered." These are, in fact, some of the first stories in the book, which made it seem like an excellent anthology. Unfortunately, the stories ...more
Short story form mysteries by black authors. It's edited by one of my favourite mystery writers, white or black, and she is my favourite contemporary mystery writers.
As an anthology, this volume includes a variety of styles, hard bitten, police procedure, deliberately farcical, even a juvenile. I don't like all of those genres, but the collection helped me find a couple new-to-me authors to look for, and it's a nice representative selection.
(I bought my copy for kind ...more
Writers of color have interesting perspectives on history, crime and mystery. These stories are not for the faint of heart. They are gritty, raw, compassionate, sentimental, dirty, direct, obtuse -- just name it! I would recommend all writers and lovers of mystery try this collection.
As with any collection, I liked some better than others, but overall it was a great intro to a lot of new writers. Definitely on the gritty/hard-boiled side, more urban than rural/suburban. One thing I noted, in contrast to anthologies I've read by white writers, is that far fewer of these writers have Kindle books available. Not surprised, but that needs to change. ...more