If Trouble Was Money (working title) review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB

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Ple had motives for killing Galen a big Greek with too much money and too great a liking for young black girls But there are complications like Sonny high on hash found standing over the body with. This is the 2nd book in Chester Himes's Harlem Cycle and it's just as absurd and insane as his previous masterpiece in the series A Rage in Harlem which I loved The plot starts almost immediately and moves at a breakneck pace Just like in A Rage In Harlem the story is so crazy and the writing so sharp that it's hard to stop reading Something that sets Chester Himes apart from so many others is his ability to inject a mix of witty comedy and social commentary into his work as well as astute observations about living in Harlem in the '50's The white manager stood on top of the bar and shouted 'Please remain seated folks Everybody go back to his seat and pay his bill The police have been called and everything will be taken care of'As though he'd fired a starting gun there was a race for the door The super hard boiled Harlem detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are back on the job again when a big Greek dude gets shot and killed by a fake gun in the middle of a crowded street in Harlem causing all hell to break loose After Coffin Ed gets suspended for blasting his38 all over 128th Street when some little gangster throws perfume at him Coffin Ed had a little run in with some acid a while back Grave Digger investigates the case solo Throughout the course of one night he discovers that there is to the case that he originally thought and it seems like all connections lead to some young hookers and a gang that calls themselves the Real Cool MoslemsHimes's descriptions throughout the novel are richly evocative with his usual playfulness Should he be considered the James Brown of Crime Fiction There I coined it first You can practically smell hear and taste his wicked version of Harlem Check out this gem The joint was jammed with colored people who'd seen the big man die but nobody seemed to be worrying about itThe jukebox was giving out with a stomp version of 'Big Legged Woman' Saxophones were pleading; the horns were teasing; the bass was patting; the drums were chatting; the piano was catting laying and playing the jive and a husky female voice was shouting'you can feel my thighBut don't you feel up high'Happy tail women were bouncing out of their dresses on the high bar stoolsGrave Digger trod on the sawdust sprinkled over the bloodstains that wouldn't wash off and parked on the stool at the end of the bar Once again an entertaining read from the great Chester Himes

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If Trouble Was Money working titleA gun in his hand that fires only blanks a street gang called the Moslems a disappearing suspect and the fact that Coffin Ed's own daughter is up to her pretty neck in the whole explosive situation. Chester Himes drops his readers right into the mix Harlem circa 1958 Some books boast colorful characters these books are unrivaled in characters that know how to survive in one of the toughest environments ever created As he tells a compelling story Himes gets across the reality that Harlem of this time was a construct of white America a deliberate ghetto every bit as much as the historic European ghettos built to contain the Jews The Real Cool Killers gets into the world of juveniles and as always the characters hold up as genuine never caricatures Himes sees people in all their shades of imperfection and beauty He is allegedly writing dime store novels but actually delivering Dostoyevsky

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If Trouble Was Money (working title) review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB å When Harlemites set about each other with knives it's an everyday kind of happening But when a white man is shot dead in a Harlem street one steamy evening it means trouble big troublePlenty of people had motives for killing Galen a big Greek wiWhen Harlemites set about each other with knives it's an everyday kind of happening But when a white man is shot dead in a Harlem street one steamy evening it means trouble big troublePlenty of peo. Updated 3417Here's the nearly as cool as the original Avon cover of the 1975 Signet mass market I have 173 pagesMy first and and still the best of the three Harlem Cycle novels I've read so far The Real Cool Killers does a great job capturing the atmosphere and attitudes of late 1950s Harlem or so I imagine with main characters Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson as somewhat exaggerated larger than life versions of badass NYC cops They're great characters and they as well as the overall feel of the novel in general reminded me of certain blaxploitation films of the 70s such as Shaft and Superfly I wonder if these books served as inspiration for the movement in any way though it could be possible that those movies influenced the way I imagined everything here insteadChester Himes is an excellent storyteller and his unencumbered yet evocative prose really pulls the reader into the streets of inner city Harlem You can tell that he knows what he's writing about he's not just faking it and that adds a layer of realism to everything His depiction of teenage street gangs is horrifying but he makes the reader not only understand why they have the attitudes they have but sympathize with them which is uite an accomplishment in light of some of their disturbing actionsIt's also action packed with an insanely over the top bar fight scene featuring an axe that will stick with me for a while and the pages kept turning til I finished the whole thing in just a couple sittings For fans of hardboilednoir type novels and for those just looking for a fast moving tale of the streets with a dose of social commentary for good measure The Real Cool Killers is a top notch read45 Stars