Peter Goldman

The Death and Life of Malcolm X

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Goldman’s biography, focused heavily on Malcolm’s last years and on his assassination before a gathering of his followers in 1965, remains a standard nearly four decades after it was first published in 1973. A second edition, published by the University of Illinois Press in 1979, includes an epilogue with important new information on who committed the murder and why. A third edition appeared in January 2013, with a new preface tracking the assassination to the man who ordered it.

Selected Works

Fiction
In book three in the series From the Case Files of Max Christian PI, a Mafia family kidnaps Max's son, and Max teams up with Nick (The Closer) Testa to get him back. An iUniverse "Editors Choice" book.
The second in a series of genre-bending crime novels, Max stalks the Gramercy Slasher, a serial killer targeting young women with showbiz aspirations. Kirkus Reviews called The Shape-Shifters an "intense...striking" thriller.
Members of a touring black basketball team are dying young, and Max Christian, a hard-drinking, hard-living PI, goes on the road to find their stalker. "A page turner...just plain beautifully written.”
–Robert Littell, author of The Company and other novels
Biography
A biography described by the New Yorker as “gripping, " by the Washington Post as “masterful," and by the New York Times as "shiningly eloquent."
Nonfiction
“…might almost pass for a prize-winning piece of serious fiction.”
New York Times

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