A Certain Justice by John Lescroart
When the angry white mob poured out of the bar on San Francisco's Geary Street and surrounded an innocent black man, Kevin Shea was the only one who tried to stop them. He failed, and now, thanks to a deceptive news photo taken during the melee, he is wanted for the murder himself-and the real culprits have threatened his life if he says a word.
As riots rage and politicians posture, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky finds himself under pressure to bring Shea in at all costs. And as respect for the law crumbles-even among those sworn to uphold it-true justice is the only thing that can prevent the death of another innocent man.
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Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.