Dateline: Bronzeville offers a truly pleasing bringing together of important history with a lively, keeps-you-guessing crime story. The vibrant characters are distinct, and the settings are wonderfully atmospheric. The Bronzeville of the Forties comes alive for readers and for viewers of the beautifully-detailed illustrations that complement the text. Bravo Donald Brooks Jones and Philip Mallory Jones. Count us in for the next installment! I was consistently impressed, by the way you conveyed the humanity of each of the characters. Each one is, in his or her own way, formidable. The deft way you include folk sayings, proverbs, instances of the vernacular—always with a feel for how they fit with and advance the story—is also impressive.
Congratulations to you and your brother on the realization of such an arresting book! Some of the scenes reminded me of the work of painter Archibald Motley and are therefore, for my money, picture perfect. Best wishes to you, your brother, and please send fond regards to your mother from Northwestern University.