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The Heat's On

by Chester Himes

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I've never read a Coffin Johnson and Grave Digger Jones story before (don't you just love those names?), so this was not at all what I expected. These books are set in Harlem in the sixties, and Jones and Johnson are black policemen whose turf is the colourful streets of Harlem. Police work was really different then, and certainly what the cops did to finally get their man would not be allowed today, but this book is earthy and real. You can almost feel the heat wave that is taking over Harlem while dead bodies keep piling up around Jones and Johnson. Definitely not for the squeemish or faint of heart this one. ( )
  Romonko | Mar 24, 2009 |
The Detective Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson Harlem crime novels are originals with few precedents (with perhaps THE CONJURE-MAN DIES by Rudolph Fisher being one). Many of them were indeed published as paperback originals in this country. ( )
  zenosbooks | Feb 25, 2009 |
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Detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones are in the hot seat in one of the most chaotic, brutally funny novels in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series.
 
From the start, nothing goes right for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger can run. Yet, try as they might, they always seem to be one hot step behind the cause of all the mayhem—three million dollars’ worth of heroin and a giant albino called Pinky.

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"From the start, nothing goes right for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run." -- Back cover.… (more)

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