Black Lives and Voices Matter

Black Lives and Voices Matter.

We want to take a minute to acknowledge and recognize the black writers within our crime fiction community and beyond. If you haven’t read any of these series or have any questions, please call or email us and we’ll be happy to recommend the perfect one for you. The books on this page are only a small selection of titles by these authors, and this is not a comprehensive list. We encourage you to explore their other books as well as do research elsewhere for more inspiration. We recommend Crime Writers of Color.

PLEASE NOTE: White Fragility, White Rage, In Between the World and Me and many more below are all backordered. There has been unprecedented demand for these titles, which we consider a small glimmer of hope in a dark time. We will receive copies in stock at the same time as other book purveyors. Please call 713-524-8597 or email order@murderbooks.com if you'd like to reserve a copy and be notified as soon as our copies come in.

 

All Shot Up: The Classic Crime Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781933648729
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 1st, 2007

"The greatest find in American fiction since Raymond Chandler."—The Observer [London]

The shocking and explosive hardboiled classic: From murderers to prostitutes, corrupt politicians and racist white detectives, Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones, Harlem's toughest detective duo, must carry the day against an absurdist world of racism and class warfare.


Whoreson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780870679711
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Published: Holloway House - July 1st, 2007

From one of the most revolutionary writers of the 20th century, the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today’s street lit and hip hop culture.


Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Novel (Easy Rawlins Mystery #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743451796
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 17th, 2002

Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse.

Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his


Inner City Blues: A Charlotte Justice Novel Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780393338379
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 1st, 2009

The award-winning first book in the series featuring black LAPD homicide detective Charlotte Justice.


Blanche on the Lam: A Blanche White Mystery Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781941298381
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Published: Cutting Edge Publishing - August 13th, 2014

"One of the best fictional detectives conjured up in years," Library Journal
BLANCHE ON THE LAM
Barbara Neely's Smart, Sassy and Groundbreaking Crime NovelWINNER OF THE AGATHA, ANTHONY & MACAVITY AWARDS


Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery (New Edition) Cover Image
By Mat Johnson, Warren Pleece (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781506705644
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Published: Berger Books - February 6th, 2018

This tenth anniversary edition of the acclaimed and fearless graphic novel features enhanced toned art, an afterword by Mat Johnson, character sketches, and other additional material.


Mycroft Holmes Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781783291540
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Published: Titan Books - June 7th, 2016

A new novel written by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!


Bluebird, Bluebird (A Highway 59 Novel #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316363273
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 28th, 2018

A "heartbreakingly resonant" thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy-winning Fox TV show Empire (USA Today).

"In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it."-Ann Patchett


Hollywood Homicide (Detective by Day Mystery #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780738752617
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Published: Midnight Ink - August 8th, 2017

Winner of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best First Novel

Winner of the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Also a Lefty Award Winner and a Barry Award-Nominated Title

The Surprise Hit of the Season

Actress Dayna Anderson's Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective


August Snow (An August Snow Novel #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616958688
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Published: Soho Crime - January 23rd, 2018

Winner of the Hammett Prize and the Nero Award

From the wealthy suburbs to the remains of Detroit’s bankrupt factory districts, August Snow is a fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay.


They All Fall Down: A Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765398147
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Published: Forge Books - April 9th, 2019

For fans of thrilling contemporary suspense, Rachel Howzell Hall’s brilliant stand-alone novel brings seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.


My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE 
WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE



Good Man Gone Bad: An Aaron Gunner Mystery (Aaron Gunner Mysteries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781945551666
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Published: Prospect Park Books - October 15th, 2019

Hard times are nothing new for private investigator Aaron Gunner. Working on the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, he's seen more than his fair share of trouble. But when his cousin and confidante Del Curry commits suicide after allegedly killing his wife and critically injuring their daughter Zina, Gunner knows he's about to face the hardest times of all.


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


From the author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird and the bestselling modern classic The Color of Water, comes one of the most celebrated novels of the year.


Catherine House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062905659
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Published: Custom House - May 12th, 2020

“[A] delicious literary Gothic debut.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, EDITORS' CHOICE

“Moody and evocative as a fever dream, Catherine House is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step.” – THE WASHINGTON POST


A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593099667
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Published: Berkley - May 12th, 2020

This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop—with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.


Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947993860
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Published: Agora Books - July 7th, 2020

MATTHEW HENSON AND THE ICE TEMPLE OF HARLEM is the first in a new exciting retro rollicking adventure series. This re-imagined pulp novel follows the Doc Savage-style adventures of the first black man to reach the North Pole --Matthew Henson. The tail end of the Roaring 20s. Harlem.


Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250252685
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 14th, 2020

A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

“Sensationally good—new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended.” —Lee Child


A Glimmer of Death Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496727787
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Published: Kensington - January 26th, 2021

Award-winning author Valerie Wilson Wesley launches a thrilling new mystery series set in New Jersey, featuring a multicultural cast, and starring a caterer-turned-realtor with the gift of second sight...

In the first of a thrilling new series, one woman's extraordinary psychic gift plunges her already-troubled present into chaos--and puts her future in someone's deadly sights...


Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

New York Times Bestseller

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.


Men We Reaped: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608197651
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014

Named one of the Best Books of the Century by New York Magazine

Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones, Sing, Unburied, Sing) contends with the deaths of five young men dear to her, and the risk of being a black man in the rural South.


The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

#1 New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize • Winner of the National Book Award • Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction • Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


Between the World and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST
 


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016


So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America


Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781595589194
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Published: New Press - January 28th, 2014

Black Stats--a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans--is an essential reference for anyone attempting to fathom the complex state of our nation.


Barracoon: The Story of the Last
By Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062748218
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Published: Amistad - January 7th, 2020

New York Times Bestseller •  TIME Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of 2018 • New York Public Library’s Best Book of 2018 • NPR’s Book Concierge Best Book of 2018 • Economist Book of the Year • SELF.com’s Best Books of 2018 • Audible’s Best of the Year • BookRiot’s Best Audio Boo


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781620975459
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora


Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250135995
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, INDIEBOUND, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, CHRONICLE HERALD, SALISBURY POST, GUELPH MERCURY TRIBUNE, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER | NAMED A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 BY: The Washington PostBustleMen's JournalThe Chicago Re


The History of White People Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393339741
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 18th, 2011

A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”—Boston Globe


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.