An Unprecedented Era of Native American Blackness ‹ CrimeReads


It’s an exciting era for Indigenous and First Nations voices in crime fiction, horror and suspense. “To say there is a Renaissance in Native American fiction is an understatement,” says Erika Wurth in an article for Lit Hub written in January, and genre fiction has notably seen a huge influx of Aboriginal writers in recent years. In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, we’ve put together a list of 14 new upcoming releases for you to keep reading until next year, featuring noir, mysteries and so much horror .

Wayne Johnson, The red canoe
(Agora Books, March 15, 2022)

“Heart warming and heartbreaking. A nuanced, beautifully written legal thriller, laced with unwavering grit and social commentary.List of books

BL Blanchard, The Peacekeeper
(47 north, June 1, 2022)

“A great example of an imagined alternative North America where restorative justice is front and center, and with well-developed characters, it’s a great debut from an author to watch.” —Shondaland

Ramona Emerson, Shutter
(Soho, August 2, 2022)

“This paranormal police procedural is unusual and multi-layered, but what stands out is the beautifully expressive and propulsive first-person narration, which is split between Rita’s present and her past. A former forensic photographer herself, the images Emerson paints with words are as vivid as they are brutal.—Oprah Daily

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Marcie R. Rendon, Sinister Graves
(Soho, October 11)

“Rendon delves into the complex character of her eccentric Native American leader, who believes she can read minds and has eye-opening out-of-body experiences. Fans of Lisbeth Salander will be eager to see more of Cash.—Editors’ Weekly

Erika T. Wurth, White horse
(Flatiron, November 1, 2022)

“A shameless world of dive bars, dark secrets and true horrors of life. I became completely captivated. . . . Würth [is] an exciting new voice in literary horror. —Rebecca Roanhorse, New York Times bestselling author of Black Sun

Eric Gansworth, my good man
(Levine Querido, November 1, 2022)

“Rich, lush, densely layered prose immerses readers in harrowing scenes and poignant dialogue as complex characters explore the limits and joys of male friendship…Fascinating, timeless, and indispensable.” —Kirkus reviews

DM Rowell, Never name the dead
(Crooked Lane, November 8, 2022)

“[A] beginnings wrapped in Kiowa history, stories and culture. . . Recommended for readers of David Heska Wanbli Weiden Winter accounts.”library newspaper

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Rebecca Roanhorse March of the Angels
(Saga, November 15)

“Skillfully blending a dark atmosphere with Western tropes and biblical mythology, the best-selling Roanhorse (feverish star) creates an immersive historical fantasy centered on ambition, privilege, and marginalization.Weekly editors

Jessica Johns, bad cry
(Doubleday, January 10, 2023)

bad cry skillfully explores the permeable boundaries of dreams, reality and culture, as well as complex family dynamics and relationships. A gripping novel that is a mystery and horror story about heartbreak, but with a defiant hope at its beating heart. —Paul Tremblay, author A head full of ghosts and The Porters Club

Stephen Graham Jones, Don’t fear the reaper
(Gallery/Saga Press, February 7, 2023)

“Horror lovers [will] be blown away by this daring extravaganza.Weekly editors

Dear Dimaline, VenCo
(William Morrow, February 7, 2023)

Crackling with magic, mystery, adventure and intrigue, VenCo is a captivating tribute to the bonds of the families we are born into and those we create, and a delightful testament to the power of all women. — Nikki Erlick, New York Times bestselling author of The measurement

Marguerite Verb, Flight
(Mariner Books, February 7, 2023)

“Verble has given fans of historical fiction a real treat.”New York Times book review

Nick Medina, Sisters of the Lost Nation
(Berkley, April 18, 2023)

Sisters of the Lost Nation weaves Indigenous folklore with truths we feel in our bones to create a story that is as beautiful as it is sad, as powerful as it is frightening, as familiar as it is alien.Alma Katsuauthor of fervor and Hunger

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Native Black, edited by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
(Akashic Books, publication date to be determined)


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