From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 26 Mar 2004

JIM DOHERTY wrote: ROOM TO SWING was excellent, but Ed Lacy wasn't black.
 He was a white guy married to a black woman, which gave him more insight into what it was like to be a black American than most whites get (particularly in the '50's) but was still a long way from growing up black.

********** Thanks for the catch, Jim. I should have known that. It was surely in the essay I read about him many moons ago in MURDER OFF THE RACK.

Incidentally, the cover art for my copy of ROOM TO SWING has the detective in shadow, the point being that the dark color of his face can be attributed to lighting, making his race ambiguous.


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