The Real Cool Killers
The night’s over for Ulysses Galen. It started going bad for the big Greek when a knife was drawn, then there was an axe, then he was being chased and shot at. Now Galen is lying dead in the middle of a Harlem street. But the night’s just beginning for detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson. Because they have a smoking gun but it couldn’t have killed Galen, and they had a suspect but a gang called the Real Cool Moslems took him. And as patrol cars and search teams descend on the neighbourhood, their case threatens to take a turn for the personal.
The Real Cool Killers is loaded with grizzly comedy and with all the raucous, threatening energy of the streets it’s set on.
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 Lethem Hieronymus Bosch meets Miles Davis * The New York Times * 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 A fine crime writer of Chandlerian subtlety though in a vein of sheer toughness very much his own * The Times * A fantasia with a hard brilliant core * Evening Standard * 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 Outrageous, shocking, wonderful * New York Times Book Review * The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler * Sunday Times *
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