Introduction (Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction, Revised Edition)
The roots of written literature are not deep throughout Africa, especially in tropical Africa, where literacy was essentially a twentieth century development. As a consequence, a large part of published fiction set in Africa has been created by outsiders, particularly Europeans from colonizing counties. Any consideration of African mystery fiction must therefore take into account the writings of both Africans and outsiders, and a useful way in which to categorize these writers is by their origins.
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