What is Black Crime Fiction?

By definition black crime fiction could be defined as a literary genre that fictionalizes murders and the identification of criminals pertaining to black main characters.

This would include the following:

  • Private detectives
  • Amateur sleuths
  • Police procedurals
  • Legal thrillers

For far too many reasons these types of novels and stories are largely overlooked and the works of black authors within crime fiction go unsung.

Why aren’t there more black crime fiction writers and works?

  • Most publishers do not feel as if black crime fiction will sell
  • Due to lack of exposure and insufficient marketing many black crime writers are simply unknown- you can’t know what you don’t know
  • Self-published crime writers are not often reviewed by major news publications such as the New York Times and other prominent bestseller lists
  • Many believe that white and non-black people of color will not relate to black narrators and characters