Ed Lacy

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Ed Lacy (August 25, 1911 - January 7, 1968), born Leonard "Len" S. Zinberg, was an American writer of crime and detective fiction. Lacy, who was white, is credited with creating "the first credible African-American PI" character in fiction, Toussaint "Touie" Marcus Moore.[1] Room to Swing, his 1957 novel that introduced Touie Moore, received the 1958 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Lacy was born in New York City.[1] He was a member of the League of American writers, and served on its Keep America Out of War Committee in January 1940 during the period of the Hitler-Stalin pact.[2] He died of a heart attack in Harlem in 1968, at the age of 56.[1]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Woman Aroused (1951)
  • Sin in Their Blood (1952)
  • Strip for Violence (1953)
  • Enter Without Desire (1954)
  • Go for the Body (1954)
  • The Best That Ever Did It (also issued as Visa to Death) (1955)
  • The Men from the Boys (1956)
  • Lead with Your Left (1957)
  • Room to Swing (1957)
  • Breathe No More, My Lady (1958)
  • Shakedown for Murder (1958)
  • Be Careful How You Live (1959)
  • Blonde Bait (1959)
  • The Big Fix (1960)
  • A Deadly Affair (1960)
  • Bugged for Murder (1961)
  • The Freeloaders (1961)
  • South Pacific Affair (1961)
  • The Sex Castle (also issued as Shoot It Again) (1963)
  • Two Hot to Handle (two novellas: The Coin of Adventure and Murder in Paradise) (1963)
  • Moment of Untruth (1964)
  • Harlem Underground (1965)
  • Pity the Honest (1965)
  • The Hotel Dwellers (1966)
  • Double Trouble (1967)
  • In Black & Whitey (1967)
  • The Napalm Bugle (1968)
  • The Big Bust (1969)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lynskey, Ed (August 2004). "Ed Lacy: New York City Crime Author". Mystery*File #45. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Folsom, Franklin (1994). Days of Anger, Days of Hope. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado. ISBN 0-87081-332-3. 

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