The Heat's On
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The Heat's On

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by Chester Himes
     
 

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Detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones are in the hot seat in one of the most chaotic, brutally funny novels in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series.
 
From the start, nothing goes right for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax

Overview

Detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones are in the hot seat in one of the most chaotic, brutally funny novels in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series.
 
From the start, nothing goes right for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger can run. Yet, try as they might, they always seem to be one hot step behind the cause of all the mayhem—three million dollars’ worth of heroin and a giant albino called Pinky.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A rattlingly good action melodrama spiced with a maximum of humor and a minimum of self-consciousness.”
    —The New York Times 

“One of the most important American writers of the 20th century. . . . A quirky American genius.”
    —Walter Mosley

“Some of the most exciting—and comic—crime novels ever written.”
    —The Washington Post
 
“Chester Himes is the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler.”
    —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394759975
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1988
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
287,186
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet 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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The Heat's On 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love Coffin Ed and Grave Digger! Himes at his best with this one. I thought the plot was good and, like the others in this series, unique because it offers the perspective from two black cops (pre-civil rights era) as they police their own neighborhood. Himes is a unique voice in the world of detective fiction.
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