Reviews

  • The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler

    Sunday Times
  • Outrageous, shocking, wonderful

    New York Times Book Review
  • Himes wrote spectacularly successful entertainments, filled with gems of descriptive writing, plots that barely sidestep chaos, characters surreal, grotesque, comic, hip, Harlem recollected as a place that can make you laugh, cry, shudder.

    John Edgar Wideman
  • Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition. His command of nuances of character and dynamics of plot is preeminent among writers of crime fiction. He is a master craftsman.

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • A fine crime writer of Chandlerian subtlety though in a vein of sheer toughness very much his own

    The Times
  • Chester Himes is the great lost crime writer, as well a great American dissident novelist per se, and an essential witness to his times. Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it.

    Jonathan Letham
  • Hieronymus Bosch meets Miles Davis

    The New York Times
  • He belongs with those great demented realists ... whose writing pitilessly exposes the ridiculousness of the human condition

    Will Self

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