The Crazy Kill

The Crazy Kill

by Chester Himes


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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
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 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.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
How to describe this nutty plot? During a wake in the small hours of the morning, a preacher falls out the window from the third floor apartment and miraculously falls into a basket filled with bread sitting on the sidewalk, a shipment bound for the convenience store it sits in front of. The preacher makes his way back up to the apartment where the drunken guests are surprised to see him appear at the front door and refuse to believe his story. He invites them to see the bread basket for themselves, but when they all crowd at the window, they find another man laying in the bread, stabbed dead. A police investigation follows, during which all the attendants of the wake are questioned in turn. Of course, all the guests are connected to one another in some way, most of them have secrets to hide which are revealed in due course, but which one killed Val? Detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are out to find out. Another fun romp into the 60s Harlem of Chester Himes, where gambling, booze, women, and strange characters are mingled in unique ways. Plenty of violence, but plenty of humour too make this a most intriguing crime series. I couldn't expect this book to be as good as the first in the series, A Rage in Harlem, but it held it's own and definitely made me want to discover the next instalment of the Harlem Cycle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny good mystery. Excellent feeling of Harlem in the fifties.
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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