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February 27, 2020

The Fictional Black Detective in American Literature and Film

The fictional Black detective in American Literature and film is an important topic as it pertains to representation of a group of people and inclusion in this highly popular genre. I write this article strictly from a fan’s point of view, I am by no means an expert on the topic. I am in my learning stages and I suppose in a way I am taking you on my journey of discovery with me.

According to an article that I read posted in the Los Angeles Review of Books written by Gary Phillips one of the earliest books of fiction about a black detective was published in 1932 and written by author Dr. Rudolph Fisher titled The Conjure-Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem which features a Sherlock Holmes–like Dr. John Archer and police detective Perry Dart — two black investigators out to solve a murder mystery. Now it so happens that this is one of the titles that I have read, or should I say attempted to read. It was in my opinion very...

February 8, 2020

The Forgotten: A Jon Dough Thriller written by Kevin Macklin was my first read by this author, I was glad to have discovered him because I feel like we need more black males writing in this genre. I dove into the book unjudging just waiting to see how the story would unfold and I was not disappointed. Kevin hooked me in from the very first paragraph. These truly are my types of books, the protagonists with a shaded past that lives by his own set of rules and has a moral code that he abides by no matter the outcome.

Overall it was a decent read, the only downfall for me as a reader was that I didn't know the race of the title character. Perhaps I overlooked that part or read too fast I don't remember him being described. I suppose it doesn't matter to some readers but for me, it took something away from the story.

Would I read another of Kevin's titles in the Jon Dough series? Most definitely! And I suggest others that are not hip to him do the same.

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