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  • The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler

    Sunday Times
  • 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 fantasia with a hard brilliant core

    Evening Standard
  • That he could channel this pain and misery into some of the greatest crime novels ever written is a testament to his skill as a writer and his spirit as a man. If this is the first Chester Himes novel you will read then, believe me, you are in for a treat.

    Noel "Razor" Smith
  • He belongs with those great demented realists ... whose writing pitilessly exposes the ridiculousness of the human condition

    Will Self
  • Hieronymus Bosch meets Miles Davis

    The New York 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
  • A classic noir in the Elmore Leonard meets Ed McBain mould

    Jeffery Deaver, Guardian

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