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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; FIRST PEGASUS EDITION edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933648724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933648729
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler Sunday Times Himes wrote spectacularly successful entertainments, filled with gems of descriptive writing, plots that barely sidestep chaos, characters surreal, grotesque, comic, hip, Harlem recollected as a place that can make you laugh, cry, shudder. -- John Edgar Wideman Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition. His command of nuances of character and dynamics of plot is preeminent among writers of crime fiction. He is a master craftsman. -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr. A fantasia with a hard brilliant core Evening Standard A fine crime writer of Chandlerian subtlety though in a vein of sheer toughness very much his own The Times That he could channel this pain and misery into some of the greatest crime novels ever written is a testament to his skill as a writer and his spirit as a man. If this is the first Chester Himes novel you will read then, believe me, you are in for a treat. -- Noel "Razor" Smith He belongs with those great demented realists ... whose writing pitilessly exposes the ridiculousness of the human condition -- Will Self Hieronymus Bosch meets Miles Davis The New York Times Chester Himes is the great lost crime writer, as well a great American dissident novelist per se, and an essential witness to his times. Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it. -- Jonathan Lethem --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

After arriving on the American literary scene with novels of scathing social protest like If He Hollers Let Him Go and The Lonely Crusade, Chester Himes created a pioneering pair of dangerously charming African-American sleuths, Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, who attempt to maintain some kind of order in a series of violent and funny page-turners.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John on November 7, 2003
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I can't believe this weird, wonderful thriller is out of print; it's a scandal. This is my favourite of Himes' Harlem Cycle of thrillers. It's a fast-paced, surreal read, and thoroughly entertaining. It's also fascinating because it's set in part in and around the gay scene in Harlem of the 1940s/50s. Himes represents the gay characters with the same misanthropic zeal that he does all the other people in the novel, but is not homophobic - even having one gay character courageously outing himself to alibi his lover. Coffin Ed and Gravedigger were, Himes comments, 'not personal moralists.' Other than that, hardboiled fun laced with trenchant comments on the state of American race relations of the period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dilip S. Kumar on September 13, 2003
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This book captures the pulse of Harlem. I was captivated by thee tough as nails detectives and the twists this book takes in its 170 odd pages. The ending is fabulous and unexpected. I would also highly recommend reading "The Conjure Man dies" by Rudolph Fisher, another excellent murder mystery based in Harlem.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Neal on January 23, 1999
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Lots of action, lots of laughs and the 2 toughest detectives since Spencer & Hawk. If you like Harlem, if you like detective novels, if you like action, this is the book for you. A very quick read. Fans of Walter Mosely should read this book. I wonder if good ol' Bill Clinton is up on Mr. Himes. My only thought is why were there only 2 movies made from Mr. Himes books. And why did I just discover him after I saw one of the movies (A Rage In Harlem)
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Spare on words, and hard on action. Grave Digger and Coffin Ed work their way around the gay side of Harlem in search of thieves and murderers. I couldn't quite follow the action at times, but Himes tied it all up in the end and I found the read enjoyable. This is my first Chester Himes novel. I liked the spare style and could almost feel him sitting in front of an old touch key portable trying to get as much action into as few words as possible. Its a lesson many writers could benefit from.
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