Sources for Further Study (Magill's Literary Annual 1991-2005)
Booklist. XC, May 1, 1994, p. 1563.
Chicago Tribune. June 26, 1994, XIV, p. 3.
The Christian Science Monitor. July 1, 1994, p. 10.
Fortune. CXXX, August 8, 1994, p. 107.
Library Journal. CXIX, May 1, 1994, p. 141.
Los Angeles Times Book Review. June 5, 1994, p. 3.
The New York Times Book Review. XCIX, June 5, 1994, p. 13.
Newsweek. CXXIV, July 4, 1994, p. 66.
Publishers Weekly. CCXLI, April 25, 1994, p. 60.
The Washington Post. June 20, 1994, p. C2.
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Bibliography (Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition)
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English, Daylanne K. “The Modern in the Postmodern: Walter Mosley, Barbara Neely, and the Politics of Contemporary African-American Detective Fiction.” American Literary History 18, no. 4 (2006): 772-796. Reads Mosley’s fiction as doubly historical in that Black Betty, published two years after the Los Angeles riots of 1992, is set four years before the Watts riots of 1965.
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