The story itself would rank as a solid four stars but when you add the narration by Samuel L. Jackson it vaults into the ranks of favorites. Himes, described by The Sunday Times as “the greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler”, was no stranger to the world of crime: in his late teens and early 20s, he served seven years in the Ohio State Penitentiary for armed robbery, the confession to which was beaten out of him by the police. Yet, this was the Harlem of the 50s that the autho. Never heard of him before.
These books are fascinating because they are among the first to feature African- American detectives and are set in Harlem and other central city locations in the 1950's. As the novel begins, Jackson is being duped by a classic con (the promise of changing ten dollar bills to hundred dollar bills) through the machinations of the devil in a red dress who has thoroughly seduced him, Imabelle. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2015. This is the first book of Chester B. Himes' Harlem cycle and I will soon be scavenging the used book stores to find the rest.
The novel is written with the breathless intensity of a pulp author writing to a deadline and wordcount - which Himes did - a ferociousness of pace further compounded by the fact that the action takes place over no more than a day or two. Chester Bomar Himes began writing in the early 1930s while serving a prison sentence for armed robbery. Himes' writing can be funny but he often comes off a bit cynical and mean. I was even less impressed with the book than I was the movie. A Rage in Harlem ( 1991) A Rage in Harlem. Yet, this was the Harlem of the 50s that the author was comfortable with; rough but colorful with people who were making a living in the only way they knew how. Preface: It's taking me a couple of weeks since I finished A Rage in Harlem to decide the tone to take in writing my review. Besides telling a fascinating story, the writing is simply superb. . This is the first of the series which features Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, two of Harlem's finest detectives. by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. He doesn't even realize the cop is part of the con until he goes for help to his brother Goldy, a junkie who hides his own shady dealings by dressing up as a nun when walking the streets of Harlem. A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. Hoda Kotb Offers Inspiration, Wisdom, and Hope, Ina Garten's Latest Cozy and Delicious Recipes, Discover the Prologue to Jodi Picoult's Poignant New Novel, Audiobooks Read By Your Favorite Celebrities. Sadly, I'm discovering that few people who read this book care about. This is the first book of Chester B. Himes' Harlem cycle and I will soon be scavenging the used book stores to find the rest. | ISBN 9780679720409
Himes was first and foremost a writer and he could write in such poetic fashion that he simply transports the reader into a different world: Harlem in the 1950's. I love the maverick black cops, Gravedigger and Coffin, introduced in this book but more prominent in … Brilliant audio narration by Samuel L. Jackson is not to be missed! Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel. Great combination of crime story and social commentary from another under appreciated author.
Having got a bit fed up with some of the modern crime novels and their lonely, broken up, alcoholic, protagonists going home night after night to an empty pad and opening a bottle and listening to some jazz or other such music,while thinking about their personal life falling apart due to the job or their problems (physical or psychological), or trying to patch up a long finished relationship while trying to solve a crime with a mysterious villain who leaves taunting clues, I decided to try some older writings. I bought A Rage in Harlem and Cotton Comes to Harlem. Unlimited listening on select audiobooks, Audible Originals, and podcasts. A Rage in Harlem is a ripping introduction to Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, patrolling New York City’s roughest streets in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series. From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A Rage in Harlem is a 1991 movie starring Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, Robin Givens and Gregory Hines. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I love the maverick black cops, Gravedigger and Coffin, introduced in this book but more prominent in 'Cotton', they are both frightening and comical. He delivers the tale of his hopelessly naïve hero suddenly finding himself on the run from a hypocritical and far-from-heroic police force with lurid violence and brutal humor.
Let's face it -- the plot in this story is kind of a comical farce that combines humor with violence, a scam that backfires and leads to all sorts of mayhem (complete with requisite crazy chase scene throughout Harlem), a naive central character named Jackson and his brother who tries to protect him from some very bad people who are completely out of his league. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. . A Rage in Harlem Quotes Showing 1-3 of 3 “She held him at arms’ length, looked at the pipe still gripped in his hand, then looked at his face and read him like a book. A Rage in Harlem is a ripping introduction to Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, patrolling New York City’s roughest streets in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2013.
A quirky American genius.” —Walter Mosley“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 “Himes’s Harlem saga vies with the novels of David Goodis and Jim Thompson as the inescapable achievement of postwar American crime fiction.” —The New York Times, Sign up for news about books, authors, and more from Penguin Random House, Visit other sites in the Penguin Random House Network. Please try again later. I'm not sure if the difference is the way that was dramatised or that A Rage in Harlem is an earlier work, but the style took me a little time to get in to. For the love of Imabelle, Jackson loses his life savings to a con man, steals from his boss, and loses the stolen money at the crap table. I really enjoyed the story and the characters but it had a surprising amount of slapstick.
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2014.
Go on - give him a go. I really wasn't expecting it to go between brutal crime scenes and then total high jinks. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. A Rage in Harlem is a ripping introduction to Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, patrolling New York City’s roughest streets in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series.
There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. The cover says "Himes undertook to do for Harlem what Chandler did for Los Angeles." The recent beautiful reissue of Chester Himes's Harlem Detectives series prompted me to buy this, the first in the series, and turned me on to the entire collection. Himes eventually left America and American racism for France. Atmosphere is amazing here: it propels the characters and they propel the plot and...oh, it's atmosphere though that reigns supreme. Perhaps that's the hallmark of a good novel.
To frame it in a way that calmly, invitingly, properly, in a scholarly fashion, metaphorically, smacks every reader upside the head and, once I've gotten his/her attention, communicate persuasively that this is one of the best, most overlooked, most mis-read American novels. At least the movie had a pretty good cast. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
With Goldy on his side, Jackson is ready for payback. “She held him at arms’ length, looked at the pipe still gripped in his hand, then looked at his face and read him like a book. When released, he focussed on semi-autobiographical protest novels.
There are no "good" characters except for the sweet and dumb Jackson. I enjoyed Raymond Chandler and then found by accident Chester Himes. Written and set in 50's black Harlem, I had to look up the meaning of some of the slang words but easy to do on kindle. I've been meaning to read Himes' books since hearing Cotton comes to Harlem on the radio some time ago. Silenced: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery, Book 1, Land of Shadows: Detective Elouise Norton, Book 1. Please try again.