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Mysteries by African American Authors

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Cypress Grove
by James Sallis Details
After moving to a small Tennessee town to escape his past, Turner -- a former cop, psychotherapist, and convict -- is asked by the town's overwhelmed sheriff to help investigate the brutal and ritualistic murder of a drifter.
Dirty Laundry
by Paula L. Woods Details
African American homicide detective Charlotte Justice becomes caught up in a sensitive case involving a murder in Los Angeles' Koreatown, a killing that launches a media frenzy and has profound repercussions for the city's mayoral race.
Dying in the Dark
by Valerie Wilson Wesley Details
Haunted by the brutal murder of her childhood friend, Celia Jones, private detective Tamara Hayle agrees to investigate the crime and uncover the killer at the request of Celia's teenage son, but the case becomes complicated by his death.
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Tamara Hayle
Fatal Remains
by Eleanor Taylor Bland Details
Investigating a skeleton believed to be linked to the Underground Railroad, Marti MacAlister becomes increasingly disturbed by present-day accidents and mysterious deaths that local residents swear are being caused by a vengeful ghost.
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Marti MacAlister
Little Scarlet
by Walter Mosley Details
When a man who fled the 1965 Watts riots is suspected of killing a woman in a nearby apartment building, Easy Rawlins begins a murder investigation and learns that the case has sobering racial origins.
Updated 12/08/2011

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