Marlon James is a Jamaican author best known as the writer of The Book of Night Women. That book was a finalist for both the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and a NAACP Image Award. He is also the author and creator of The Dark Star Trilogy series of books.

James is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where he earned a degree in Language And Literature. After that he would attend Wilkes University in 2006 with a Masters in creative writing. In addition to his books, he’s also written nonfiction and short stories for publication in Esquire, Granta, and The Caribbean Review of Books.

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Publication Order of Dark Star Books

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (2019)Description / Buy at
Moon Witch, Spider King (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

John Crow's Devil (2005)Description / Buy at
The Book of Night Women (2009)Description / Buy at
A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Bronx Noir(2003)Description / Buy at
Making the Trees Shiver: An Anthology of the First Six Years of the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival(2011)Description / Buy at
Kingston Noir(2012)Description / Buy at
Fight of the Century(2020)Description / Buy at

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A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel was the winner of the Man Booker Prize and focuses on the late 1970s assassination attempt of Bob Marley. Just before Marley was to play a concert in Kingston, Jamaica to help ease political tensions, seven gunmen stormed his home. The attack injured several including Marley, his wife, and his manager, but ultimately they were able to escape unharmed. At the time, little was known about what happened to those would-be assassins, but Marlon James’ book takes a more in-depth look at what exactly happened in the aftermath.

The first book in the Dark Star Trilogy is called Black Leopard, Red Wolf. The series focuses on Tracker, a skilled hunter. He is hired to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier. Tracker always works alone, but soon finds himself as part of a group looking for the boy. The group includes many unusual characters, but especially a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard. As the group looks for the boy, the threats to their lives increase. The questions are many with the question of “Who is this boy and why is he so important?” being key among them.

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