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The Mind Reader: A Mystery (First Edition) - Roberts, W. Adolphe - 1929. 
Macaulay, New York 1929 - First Edition. Publisher's black cloth with titles and front board illustration in yellow. In the rare dust jacket.The second of three crime novels by this noted African-American crime author originally from Jamaica. Supernatural elements, including spiritualism, seances, and astrology present as well. An uncommon and important title in early genre fiction by African-American authors.Frankie Y. Bailey notes: "In 1932, Rudolph Fisher published a mystery novel set in Harlem. [However, ] . Fisher was not the first black man to write a mystery novel. A journalist named Walter Adolphe Roberts had preceded him by several years. [In Roberts' second book,] . "The Mind Reader," Daniel Buwalda (white and blonde) sets out to to control the world with the help of a beautiful and malleable Armenian woman whose husband he has destroyed. Buwalda is a psychic, and the hero and his older and smarter brother, both of whom are conversant in the occult, must confront him."Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Neat contemporary gift inscription, dated 1929, on the front endpaper Jacket is moderately rubbed, separation to the flap folds, with tiny nicks along the top and bottom edge, and is very slightly faded at the spine.Hubin p. 688, Reginald 12283. Bleiler (1978), p. 168. Bailey, p. 53. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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