The Crazy Kill

The Crazy Kill

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by Chester Himes
     
 

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The Crazy Kill

Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A&P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans too far and falls out; a bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a

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The Crazy Kill

Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A&P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans too far and falls out; a bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a vision of a dead man. Outside, in the very basket Short landed in, lies the body of Valentine Haines. Who murdered Val? It is up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to find out.

"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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“[Himes] put a spin on crime fiction—emphasizing urban atmosphere, street smarts and uptown carryings-on—unlike anything the genre had previously seen.”
    —The Boston Globe

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

“A perverse blend of sordid realism and macabre fantasy-humor.”
    —The New York Times  
 
“For sheer toughness it’s hard to beat the black detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones. Himes never received the recognition he deserved for his books—they combine elements of George V. Higgins, Elmore Leonard, and Richard Stark, with a bleak vision all their own.”
    —The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307803238
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
526,735
File size:
2 MB

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 Crazy Kill 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chester Himes is one of the great American detective novelists, and this is the third in his Harlem cycle of eight novels about detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. Two of the novels, A Rage in Harlem and Cotton Comes to Harlem were, of course, filmed. The Crazy Kill opens with a bizarre surrealistic scene which instantly shows what is special about Himes and separates him from the rest of the hard-boiled novelists: his wild imagination and sense of humor. The rest of the novel is an examination of the opening scene. No one who loves the American novel should miss this book.
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NannaMae More than 1 year ago
Great nostalgic look at Harlem and it's culture.  Great mystery writer - sorry I have not read him before now!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago