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At once grotesquely comic and unflinchingly violent, Blind Man With a Pistol is the final entry in Chester Himes's trailblazing Harlem Detectives series.

 

New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace—their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence—Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threaten to tear Harlem apart.

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New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is dose to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace-their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence-Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threaten to tear Harlem apart.

"The word is out on the street, and the hopheads and whores and flimflam artists are running scared: Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are back in print."-- Newsweek

About the Author

Chester Himes was born in Missouri in 1909. He began writing while serving a prison sentence for a jewel theft and published just short of twenty novels before his death in 1984. Among his best-known thrillers are Blind Man with a Pistol, Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Crazy Kill, A Rage in Harlem, The Real Cool Killers, and The Heat's On, all available from Vintage.

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shermanlukas, October 24, 2006 (view all comments by shermanlukas)
Along with Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes is a strong candidate for the greatest American crime novelist of the 20th century. Unfortunately, he remains somewhat unknown. A former convict (he served time for a jewelry theft), Himes created vividly pungent and seedy stories about all manner of illegal activity (drugs, murder, prostitution) in Harlem. His two nickle plated gun carrying detetives, the terrifically named Coffin Ed (whose face is acid scarred) and Grave Digger, wade through the muck with unflinching toughness and occasional brutality (Himes is far from PC). "Blind Man with a Pistol" (whose title comes from a real incident) came out in the tumultuous year of 1969 and it taps into the unsettled rage and seething inequalities of the times. The novel brims with racial tension, black power movements, knife murders, con men, hustlers, hucksters, perverts, and violence. Like the best crime novelists, Himes is always entertaining, but there is something serious underlying the story. He also has a morbid sense of humor and a tendency towards the grotesque that, at its best, recalls Dickens.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394759982
Author:
Himes, Chester B.
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Himes, Chester
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
Subject:
Harlem
Subject:
Jones, Grave Digger
Subject:
Johnson, Coffin Ed
Subject:
African American police
Subject:
Police -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19891231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.00x5.16x.58 in. .51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is dose to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace-their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence-Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threaten to tear Harlem apart.

"The word is out on the street, and the hopheads and whores and flimflam artists are running scared: Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are back in print."-- Newsweek

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