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Author: Chester Himes
ISBN: 0850316685
Language: English
Pages: 160 pages
Category: Mystery
Publisher: Allison & Busby; New edition edition (May 1986)
Rating: 4.2
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Chester Bomar Himes (July 29, 1909 – November 12, 1984) was a black American writer. His works include If He Hollers Let Him Go and the Harlem Detective series. In 1958 he won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Chester Himes was born.

Chester Bomar Himes (July 29, 1909 – November 12, 1984) was a black American writer. In 1958 he won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière

Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). The Heat's On tells the story of black detectives Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones as they try to stop several pounds of pure heroin from poisoning Harlem using any means they can. While this problem is eventually solved at great physical, emotional and professional cost, it is clear that racism, crime, and corruption in Harlem will continue and that the detectives face a monumental battle that they probably can't win.

The lecturer introduced the author, Chester Himes, as an African-American writer who addressed American racism through his detective stories featuring his Harlem detectives .

The lecturer introduced the author, Chester Himes, as an African-American writer who addressed American racism through his detective stories featuring his Harlem detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson. Himes eventually left America and American racism for France. The book was surprising because while Gravedigger and Coffin Ed do make an appearance, and play key roles, in fact, they are featured in probably no more than 10% of the book. This is my first book by Chester Himes and I loved it! It was exciting, well-written, darkly comic, and unexpectedly absurd while still being hard-boiled to its core.

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New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is dose to the boiling point

The dramatic and explosive hardboiled classic: From murderers to prostitutes, corrupt politicians and racist white detectives, Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, Harlem’s toughest detective duo, must carry the day against an absurdist world of racism and class warfare. New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is dose to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad.

About The Heat’s On. Detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones are in the hot . 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. One of the most important American writers of the 20th century. A quirky American genius. Some of the most exciting-and comic-crime novels ever written. The Washington Post Chester Himes is the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler. San Francisco Chronicle. Looking for More Great Reads?

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Comments (7)
Tane
The Heat's On tells the story of black detectives Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones as they try to stop several pounds of pure heroin from poisoning Harlem using any means they can. While this problem is eventually solved at great physical, emotional and professional cost, it is clear that racism, crime, and corruption in Harlem will continue and that the detectives face a monumental battle that they probably can't win. The novel goes beyond the genre category of detective novel to explore themes such as racism in America to the struggle to maintain a personal moral code and sense of value in an amoral universe.

Himes's control of language to set a scene is powerful. When the detectives enter a stripper bar to eat, you can smell the sweat. When there is a car chase, you bounce in your seat. When Harlem has a heat wave, the pages would cook eggs.

Fans of hardboiled, crime and detective fiction will not be disappointed by the plot or action. The body count is high. Betrayal and corruption the way of life. These are mixed with many scenes of farce and humor, often having to do with blacks outwitting whites by playing to the whites' racial stereotypes to achieve a criminal goal. Himes clearly puts a lot of energy and enthusiasm in these passages.

Himes can compare in quality to Chandler and Hammett, and he clearly is commenting on and developing their novels, plots and style. But another comparison that made sense to me is to the modern versions of Batman (Frank Miller and the first two movies). Batman always wins against each criminal, but they keep always coming and victory against anarchy and crime is never secure. The price Batman pays to fight crime and keep the city safe is high, and he loses most of what he values, from wealth to health to love. About halfway through the book Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones become like Batman superheros, archetypes or symbols rather than normal people. The physical damage they take and survive in the novel is beyond what an actual human could stand in reality. The book becomes about their symbolic struggle to retain a sense of personal worth, moral code and agency amidst the degradation, racism and crime that surrounds them. While they survive this book to be in a sequel, it is not clear to me that they will make it in the end. They've lost their faces to scars and acid, and for most of the novel, their detective badges. What will Himes leave them in the end?

The novel has some very deep weaknesses, that one must simply overlook to get to the good parts, as they have no possible justification. The "ending" is a joke. The characters stand around and talk for a few pages and "wrap up" the plot. Himes had his fun with all the subplots, deaths, and misadventures, and decided he had reached his page limit. Coffin and Gravedigger were not even directly responsible for stopping the heroin, so the joke's kinda on them. Also, Himes does not place any female characters in a sympathetic or active light. Sister Heavenly (a female drug-dealer) does get several scenes of agency, intelligence, and ambition, but she is portrayed as self-hating (she bleaches her face) and her ending is not pretty even by the standards of the book. It is fair to say the novel is very male centered.

This was my first Harlem Detective story, but it won't be my last, as I now plan to read them all. Himes should be much more widely known. Perhaps this novel is too bleak to achieve classic status, but read the book and decide for yourself.
Bolanim
The transfer from novel to Kindle was so incredibly sloppy that reading was difficult. There were more typos than in a student paper, and I doubt that the original work was this crudely printed. The same is true with All Shot Up, which I am reading now.
Grillador
I've been reading Himes' stories about Gravedigger and Coffin Ed in order of when they were written (see Wikipedia, if you want a chronology), and this one may be the best yet. The bad guys are extra-eccentric and amoral. The streets are extra-gritty. Grave Digger and Coffin Ed are extra-alone in their fight against it all.

As usual, Himes is better at the first 95% of the story than he is in wrapping up the last 5%. As usual, female characters are, at best, conniving villains or throwaway props. The good stuff is so good that these quibbles hardly matter. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Larosa
Classic Chester Himes. Full of detailed nuance and unapologetic character development. Beyond noire in its unapologetic lack or redemption. People struggle, fight, and die...Some do just a little bit more.
Marad
Mr Himes is an exceptional painter of Harlem life at this time.
Ghile
One of the greatest American (crime) fiction writers, original in its absurd humour as well as subtle social commentary of 'race relations' in the time the novels describe (Harlem in the 1950's or early 1960's).
Llathidan
Received on time and as advertised.
Love this book! I'm a big fan of Chester himes and his story's are very intertaining and vivid. Easy read