New York, Doubleday, 1995. First edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. Subtitled 'Black Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Fiction of the 20th Century.' African-American characters in crime fiction have been perceived as few and far between at least up to the introduction of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins, but there are and were many writers of color in the mystery genre who have been unfairly neglected. $23.95.