About the Author
Raised in a segregated Missouri and Cleveland, Chester Himes (1909-1984) began his remarkable writing career writing short stories and magazine articles from prison. Once released, he began working at a shipyard, which he used as the basis for his most famous novel, If He Hollers, Let Him Go. He eventually settled in Paris, where he penned most of his Harlem Detective hardboiled novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Himes takes a classical bad cop theme, blends it with racial injustice and sexism, and delivers it to the reader in a direct fashion. Booze, women, corruption, and escalation placed against the backdrop of the changing times in New York City. It is a capturing read that is easy to follow. One thing I found interesting is the 'pre-political correctness' dialogue, as well as, the author's portrayal of ethnic stereotypes.