A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
2/20/1992 Black Market opens
February 20, 1992. This day saw the publication of Black Market, a thriller by Robert Tine. A New York art dealer is asked to evaluate a painting passed down through the family. Turns out to be a 400-year-old Italian old master. Cut to flashbacks of the African-American quartermaster corps in occupied Rome...
Publishers Weekly said: "Tine blends impoverished Italian nobility, Army bureaucrats, South
African bigots, eccentric Brits and Holt, with his demand for dignity
and justice, to yield a rich palette. A genius at characterization, he
indelibly etches the personalities of this wildly diverse cast of