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ISBN: 0850318912
ISBN13: 978-0850318913
Category: Mystery
Author: Chester Himes
Language: English
Publisher: Allison & Busby; New Ed edition (1988)
Pages: 176 pages
ePUB size: 1921 kb
FB2 size: 1829 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 655
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Chester Hines writes with deep understanding about a time and place that most of us know nothing about. His writing is tight like the Mike Hammer series.
Excellent read, great characters, but I don't understand how the plot ended up.
How good is Himes? I keep reading his books despite all the recurring flaws such as anti-Semitism, weak endings, and one-dimensional female characters. The storytelling keeps me coming back for more.
I enjoy reading Himes. What some people regard as a flaw, I see as honesty. HImes tells like he sees it. In the 50's blacks were discriminated against by whites, and exploited by Jews. They reacted to that. The underlying 'fed-uppedness' hangs out all over the story. But that's not the point. I like Himes' ability to pack a lot into a few brief words. I can feel him sitting there in front of the typewriter thinking about the most succinct way of saying something. Then typing it carefully out. I don't read HImes for the plot, or the history. I read him for his words and phrases. I get to the end and sometimes start over. I'm in not rush, not going anywhere, and just wandering around in the world he has created. I respect him all the more that he could do it in the framework of a detective story.
it an OK story. it has a conventional plot, not too hard to predict. If you're looking for big Meanings or great literature, this is not the book. "If he hollers , let him go" is a much more telling story than this.
From start to finish Chester takes you up, down and around Harlem with a rollicking hunger for action and mahem that no other writer can match. No one can beat Himes for his quick and pungent study of character and personality. He possesses a gift for weaving details into a break-neck romp of action and interaction that no other writer can touch. Starting with the exaulted voice of Sweet Prophet Brown on steamy 117th Street in Harlem searching for the truth and the money through an astonishing series of events that allows us a slice of history we will only find with this gifted writer. He'll make you laugh when you know you shouldn't and introduce you to people you'll never meet. Follow his lead. You won't forget or regret!
What I find most interesting about Chester Himes' early Gravedigger Jones/Coffin Ed novels is just how little focus there is on those two detectives. Yes, they are fairly important characters, but not the main characters. Instead, Himes spends the bulk of his narrative on a different set of characters who are caught up in the murder mystery, and along the way we get a great look at Harlem in the 1950s, a dangerous place where, at least according to Himes, all males carry around knives for self protection just as all cowboys carried six-shooters in the Old West (at least if you believe the movies). Himes' Harlem is also a cauldron of vice and religion, with illegal activities such as drug peddling and prostitution sitting side by side with revivalist storefront churches. It's a world also described similarly by other black writers of the period such as James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison.

The mystery itself, focusing on a hoard of cash hidden somewhere in some old furniture that gets two people brutally murdered, is decent, though the solution strains credibility, but that's all good since the main attraction is the world Himes describes. One sour note was the strong hint of anti-semitism relating to a Jewish character, who is routinely referred to as "the Jew" rather than by his name.