About the AuthorFrankie Y. Bailey is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany. She is the author of several non-fiction books, including Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction (Greenwood, 1991), an examination of the history of the portrayal of black characters in crime fiction from Edgar Allan Poe to the writers of the late 20th century. This book was nominated for an Edgar award (Mystery Writers of America) for Criticism/Biography. Bailey is the editor (with Donna C. Hale) of Popular Culture, Crime, and Justice (Wadsworth, 1998), a volume of articles about crime and criminals in the mass media. Her most recent book (with Alice P. Green) is Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice (Praeger, 1999). In all of these books, Bailey has focused on crime and culture. With her latest book -- her first work of fiction -- Bailey explores this topic from the perspective of her protagonist, Lizzie Stuart, an African American crime historian. Deaths Favorite Child is the first in this series featuring a unique sleuth who is search of the truth not only about murder but about her own family history.
Description of books:
Dead Man's Honor
In Dead Man's Honor, the second book in the mystery series featuring crime historian, Lizzie Stuart, author Frankie Y. Bailey tells a story with roots in the past. In 1921, Lizzie Stuart's grandmother, age 12, witnessed a lynching. Now Lizzie has come as a visiting professor to Gallagher, Virginia, the city from which her grandmother fled. As Lizzie looks for the truth about what happened in 1921, one of her colleague, a brilliant and arrogant African American professor is murdered. Lizzie finds herself haunted by the ghosts of the past as she tries to survive some very present dangers.
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First in the Silver Dagger Mysteries Series
After her grandmothers death, Lizzie Stuart, decides she needs a break from her small town life in Drucilla, Kentucky. She accepts an invitation from her best friend Tess, a travel writer, to spend a week in the resort town of St. Regis, in Cornwall, England. But her holiday in the sun turns out to be anything but relaxing. Old secrets, new lies, and murder turn Lizzies vacation into something shed rather not write home about -- and just barely manages to live through.
Culture, Crime, and Justice (Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series)
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Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 450pp.
Is what we see in the media an accurate depiction of crime and justice in America? Before you answer that question, you might want to read this book. For many of us, our only contact with crime and criminal justice is what we learn from the mass media. What we see on television and in the movies, read in newspapers and magazines, and hear on the radio about criminal offenders, victims, and the criminal justice system formulates our opinions and even our subconscious perceptions about the nature of crime. Popular Culture, Crime, and Justice closely examines how the criminal justice system is presented in the mass media from a variety of perspectives and, along the way, helps us to sort out our own thinking about the validity of this information.
of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction, Vol.
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Format: Hardcover, 208pp.
This first sociohistorical study of the evolution of black detectives and other African American characters in crime and detective fiction identifies stereotypical images of blacks and probes the implied values and collective fantasies found in this genre. Bailey argues that a "mythology of race" consisting of themes of sex and savagery exists in the U.S. and is perpetuated in popular culture. Additionally, fourteen crime and detective fiction writers present their views on creating black characters and a directory includes a sampling of cases featuring black characters, a list of black detectives, relevant works of fiction, film, television, and more.
Silver Dagger Mysteries