Persia Walker attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York City and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she majored in Comprehensive Religions, with a minor in Black Anthropology. In 1983, she completed her Master's degree at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
In 1987, she returned to New York to work at AP's World Desk, joining the
pipeline of hopefuls for a foreign assignment. Because the projected wait
would've been five years, Persia accepted a position with Radio Free Europe/
In 1998, she began HARLEM REDUX. Set against the backdrop of the glittering 1920s' Harlem Renaissance, it tells the story of a man in self-imposed internal exile. The story reflected the expatriate's longing for home.
Work on HARLEM REDUX was laid aside in late 1999, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she completed her Harlem Renaissance novel. BET.com listed "Harlem Redux" as among the Best Fiction for 2002, and the Go On Girl! Book Club named Walker Author of the Year 2003.
In 2003, Persia and her family returned to the United States, where she's experiencing an intense case of writer's block.
Paperback: 320 pages
Mystery Writers of America
Presents The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase
Presented by the Mystery Writers of America Inc. Michael Connelly, Persia Walker, et al. (Contributors)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Persia Walker's 'Such a Lucky, Pretty Girl,' and a new contribution by
New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly are among 19 original stories
about riveting showdowns between cops and criminals.
and the Devil Behind Me
Paperback: 284 pages
The devil claimed Esther Todd. Or so they say.
In December 1923, this lovely young pianist was a rising star. By January of '24, she was on the most wanted list. She'd vanished along the snowy streets of a storm-swept night in Harlem and thieves had hit the home of her society patron, pulling off a million-dollar heist.
Were the disappearance and the robbery coincidence or conspiracy? Somebody knew, but nobody was talking. Three years later, the puzzles remained unsolved.
As a crime reporter, Lanie Price covered the initial case. Now a frustrated society columnist, she's ready for a change. It comes in the form of Esther's sister, Ruth.
Desperate for closure, Ruth begs Lanie to dedicate her Christmas column to the case. maybe someone, somewhere will remember something. Seeking fresh material, Lanie starts asking hard questions, dangerous questions, the kind just about guaranteed to get her killed.
It is 1926, at the height of the glittering Harlem Renaissance. Civil rights attorney David McKay is summoned home to Strivers' Row after a mysterious four-year absence. He has been told that his sister Lilian, a rising member of the Harlem literary elite, has committed suicide. His mind struggles to accept Lilian's death even as his heart rejects it. 'What brought her down?' he asks the housekeeper, Annie, whose years with his family have given her intimate knowledge of its workings. She tells of Lilian's impetuous marriage to a cunning stranger and subsequent mental collapse. She warns him that his ambitious brother-in-law is ready to lay claim to the family home. It's time for David to return, to take his place. 'Later might be too late.' But he knows he can't afford to stay in Harlem: Someone might discover his secret. Racing against time, he sets out to untangle a web of deceit and in so doing, unleashes forces that are bent on destroying him. He finds himself accused of a murder he didn't commit. Only by admitting to the crime he did commit can he hope to survive ' and find the absolution he so desperately seeks.
A slick murder mystery set in the treacherous territory of New York's high fashion scene. When tyrannical fashion designer Catherine St. Claire is found shot to death in her Upper East Side townhouse, the only clue to her assailant's identity is a swatch of denim clutched in her hand. Police suspicion turns to her financially-strapped husband and his lover, Catherine's assistant, Clover Daniels. Clover launches a desperate inquiry to solve the puzzle of the dying woman's clue. Did it point to her mercenary young lover, her embezzling business manager or her frustrated stepson? Along the way, Clover not only discovers secrets about her slain mentor, but must come to terms with her own dark side.
Shifting Ground: Fashion can be Murder in Manhattan
...the trail of blood began by her bed.
A fashion designer's death propels her assistant into a desperate search for
answers. This tense psychological thriller explores the dark side of admiration,
love and ambition.
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