All Shot Up
‘Outrageous, shocking, wonderful’ The New York Times
A golden Cadillac big enough to cross the ocean has been seen sailing along the streets of Harlem. A hit-and-run victim’s been hit so hard she got embedded in the wall of a convent. A shootout with three heistmen dressed as cops has left an important politician in a coma – and a lot of money missing. And Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are the ones who have to piece it all together.
All Shot Up is chaotic, bloody – and completely unforgettable. Chester Himes wrote detective fiction darker, dirtier and more extreme than anyone else dared.
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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