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T detective duo must carry the day against an absurdist world of racism and class warfare.. On a sub freezing night in Harlem NYPD detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson must deal with a 50000 robbery a fatal hit and run and street shooting an inordinate number of transvestites and a beheading With the city snowbound the next day they pull the threads together All Shot Up occurs midway through Himes eight novel series about the two detectives and it is the first I have read That violates my preference for starting at the beginning of these things and there could be nuances to their detectives characters and backgrounds on some minor characters that I missed But Himes writing is pretty near flawless and his violent funny vision of Harlem presents a complex and lively society with action moves from greasy spoon restaurants to drag bars to penthouse apartmentsOne peculiarity of note Apparently when the book was published in 1960 the provisional term mother raper was a printable alternative to the obscenity readers know the characters use in its several variations on a regular basis

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All Shot Up

The shocking and explosive hardboiled classic From murderers to prostitutes corrupt politi. This is one of those novels in the noir tradition that should be considered a standard there are grifters and schemers whores and ueens all manner of vice and debauchery coupled with two police detectives that are themselves not above pushing the envelope I just reread the last four chapters again tonight and I cannot believe this isn t a monster movie at the same time I know why it isn t Featured prominently are racist white men gay blacks and two detectives that even Wesly Snipes and Danny Glover couldn t even hope to portray This book portrays a hard time and the hard people who lived then At the same time it finds humanity in all the people even the hate filled Every stereotype is challenged and met Chester Himes was an astounding talent

Chester Himes ✓ 8 review

Cians and racist white detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones Harlem's toughes. Maybe my favorite one of these Admittedly they re all very good and very similar but the mystery here was particularly sharp there was a little bit of Coffin and Gravedigger than there are in some of the others which is a good thing and the realm in which their investigation runs the Harlem homosexual subculture and the black local political elite prove particularly fruitful terrain for Himes s critical eye and ever sharp elbows I ve been getting these from the library but at some point I ll be out somewhere and I ll see them all on a shelf and I ll buy then and then I ll keep them


10 thoughts on “All Shot Up

  1. says:

    This is one of those novels in the noir tradition that should be considered a standard there are grifters and schemers; who

  2. says:

    It begins like this An old woman is run down in the street by a super slick car They see her get up only to get run over

  3. says:

    “The cool young colored nurse at the desk lifted a telephone and spoke some words She put it down and gave them a cool remote smile “I am sorry but he is still in a coma” she said “Don’t be sorry for us be sorry for him” C

  4. says:

    Maybe my favorite one of these? Admittedly they’re all very good and very similar but the mystery here was particularly sharp there was a little bit of Coffin and Gravedigger than there are in some of the others which is a good thing and the realm in which their investigation runs—the Harlem homosexual subculture and the black local political elite – prove particularly fruitful terrain for Himes’s critical eye and ever s

  5. says:

    ★★ ½ — I've enjoyed other books in the Harlem Cycle and was uite prepared for Himes's blacker than black hardboiled Noir serving of extre

  6. says:

    Lots of violence on the streets and in the police force This is Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson at their best or worst depending on your view This one focuses on a black politician who has the detectives support to some extent but he becomes embroiled in a scam involving campaign funds An aside to this

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    Some startling moments Himes is never afraid to do something different

  8. says:

    On a sub freezing night in Harlem NYPD detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson must deal with a 50000 robbery a fatal hit and run and street shooting an inordinate number of transvestites and a beheading With the city snowbound the next day they pull the threads together All Shot Up occurs midway through Himes’ eight novel ser

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    Positives Adventure packed and full of hilarious chain reactions The dialogue is snippy uick and witty in some cases Raw and generally realistic even though somewhat grotesue in some places The case presented was

  10. says:

    All the twisted hilarity and violence of Himes that I love so much with Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Pete doing their best for