Re: RARA-AVIS: PI ethnicity

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 12 Oct 2004


Bill Pronzini edited an anthology called Ethnic Detectives (not necessarily hb or noir). It will put you on the trail of many authors whose detectives are of specific ethnicity. Spade and Marlowe's ethnic background isn't mentioned because they are "ordinary," i.e., WASP, don't you think?

Meanwhile, Sujata Massey's heroine is half American, half Japanese. Tony Hillerman's police officers are Navajo. Howard Engel's PI is Jewish Canadian.


PS Nice to meet you in Toronto.

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