NY, Carroll & Graf, (1994). A volume in Sallis's acclaimed Lew Griffin series of detective novels, featuring an African-American detective in New Orleans. Signed by Sallis on the title page, and inscribed on the dedication page to another mystery writer: "To Bob, again? Again. And again with much love. Jim/ New Orleans/ Sept 94." The recipient was Robert Skinner, himself the author of a highly praised mystery series set in New Orleans, featuring Wesley Farrell, a mixed blood Creole, during the 1930s and 40s. Both Skinner and Farrell have written nonfiction books about black novelist Chester Himes, whose series of Harlem detective novels in the 1950s and 60s paved the way for the use of the mystery genre to explore issues of racism and prejudice. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and a good association between two notable writers. [#028063] $80
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