Lovers of mysteries and thrillers know how hard it can be to find novels written by authors of color. Luckily, the last few years have seen a new crop of writers of South Asian descent who are putting their own spin on the genre. We’ve rounded up just a few for fans of crime fiction that are eager to get their feet wet.
Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley
Nathan Ripley is the pen name for Canadian author Naben Ruthnum. In his mystery debut “Find You in the Dark,” Ruthnum takes readers on a “chilling and disquieting” journey in which the outwardly ordinary Martin Reese secretly researches serial killers in order to find and then anonymously lead police to the bodies of the victims. While Martin seeing his work as a public good, Detective Sandra Whittal has her doubts about the police department’s mysterious informant.
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Please don't ask me why I don't just write an "Indian detective series, like set in India" during one of my Q&As or I will be forced to make fun of you in person at the time and on the internet for the rest of my life
— Nathan Ripley / Naben Ruthnum (@NabenRuthnum) June 6, 2018
Gentleman Formerly Dressed by Sulari Gentill
The latest edition of Sulari Gentill’s Rowland Sinclair series takes place in the 1930s as her deboir Australian main character heads to England after narrowly escaping Germany. It is in London’s tony Claridge’s hotel that Rowland and his friends discover the body of Viscount Pierrepont. The city’s scandal-loving upper class is also struck by the fact that Pierrepont was discovered wearing lingerie in addition to being impaled by a sword.
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The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal
When we spoke with Sheena Kamal this spring, the author said she was drawn to stories about crime because “crime allows me to examine the complexities of the human experience in a way that makes sense to me.” In 2017’s “The Lost Ones” Kamal introduces readers to Nora Watts, her deeply troubled and enigmatic heroine. Nora is startled when she discovers that a missing girl is the daughter she gave up for adoption 15 years earlier. Widely praised as one of the best debuts in recent years, Kamal received the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the mystery category earlier this summer.
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