A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
5/9/1897 The Conjure-Man arrives
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 rascals 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