The Mind Reader: A Mystery

New York: Macaulay, 1929. First Edition. Publisher's black cloth with titles and front board illustration in yellow.

The second of three crime novels by this noted African-American crime author originally from Jamaica. Supernatural elements, including spiritualism, seances, and astrology present as well. An uncommon and important title in early genre fiction by African-American authors.

Frankie Y. Bailey notes: "In 1932, Rudolph Fisher published a mystery novel set in Harlem. [However, ] ... Fisher was not the first black man to write a mystery novel. A journalist named Walter Adolphe Roberts had preceded him by several years. [In Roberts' second book,] ... "The Mind Reader," Daniel Buwalda (white and blonde) sets out to to control the world with the help of a beautiful and malleable Armenian woman whose husband he has destroyed. Buwalda is a psychic, and the hero and his older and smarter brother, both of whom are conversant in the occult, must confront him. The confrontation takes place in a building where there are two black janitors who are easily overpowered and confined in a closet with the building manager.

Some brief soil to a few pages, small splits to the cloth at the joints professionally mended. Overall a bright, Very Good plus copy.

Hubin p. 688, Reginald 12283. Bleiler (1978), p. 168. Bailey, p. 53.


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Price: $650.00