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The Crazy Kill

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Love and jealousy erupt into violence in The Crazy Kill, a classic thriller in Chester Himes's trailblazing Harlem Detectives series. 
 
One early morning, Reverend Short is watching from his bedroom window as the A&P across the street is robbed. As he tries to see the thief get away, the opium-addicted preacher leans too far and falls out--but he is unscathed, thanks to an enormous bread basket ...
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Overview

Love and jealousy erupt into violence in The Crazy Kill, a classic thriller in Chester Himes's trailblazing Harlem Detectives series. 
 
One early morning, Reverend Short is watching from his bedroom window as the A&P across the street is robbed. As he tries to see the thief get away, the opium-addicted preacher leans too far and falls out--but he is unscathed, thanks to an enormous bread basket outside the bakery downstairs.  As the crowd gathers to see what happened, a shocking discovery is made: There is another body in the bread basket, and Valentine Haines is dead, really dead. It's up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson ti find out who murdered Val.

A Reverand falls out of a window while witnessing a murder and lands in the same basket as the murder victim.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679725725
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Series: Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,428,179
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.45 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    A great noir novel

    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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  • Posted September 4, 2014

    Great nostalgic look at Harlem and it's culture.  Great mystery

    Great nostalgic look at Harlem and it's culture.  Great mystery writer - sorry I have not read him before now!!

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