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In 1940, Chicago-based author Richard Wright published a violent first novel called Native Son. It was a huge success, and he spent the next 20 years blazing trails for other African-American writers.
Wright died of a heart attack in Paris in the autumn of 1960, leaving behind an unfinished novel he called A Father’s Law, about a police chief who suspects his son of several murders. That book will finally be published this week by Wright’s daughter.
That’s the question raised by news items such as this:
The action-adventure book Contact Harvest is on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists. Author Joseph Staten had never written a novel but was uniquely qualified to write this one.
Contact Harvest is the most recent book in a series of adaptations of the video game Halo, for which Staten has been writing for years.