On Ed Lacy's Room to Swing and Early Representation of Black Sleuths in Crime Fiction

Written by a Harlem-based white author, Room to Swing features a Black detective and is an earnest effort infused with the jazzy spirit of the 1950s.

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My First Thriller: S.A. Cosby

“I’m still proud of that book. It convinced me I could write a book. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t...