A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5/9/1897 Rudolph Fisher is born
May 9, 1897. Rudolph Fisher was a part of the Harlem Renaissance. He was a musician, a physician, and a playwright. But narrowly-focused little devils that we are, this page is primarily interested in him for one reason.
Fisher wrote The Conjure-Man Dies (1932),the first novel with a Black detective, and all Black characters. When a Harvard-trained African fortuneteller is killed in his apartment in Harlem policeman Perry Dart has to investigate all of the man's customers....