Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Recommended for anyone who likes hard-boiled crime novels or is interested in the midth century race riots. I take it you know who started the riot. Other books in the series. The final images are those of total communication breakdown and, quite literally, a blind man with a pistol firing his gun in the enclosed space of a crowded NYC subwa This is where, with his 8th book, Chester Himes ended his Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson series there is the unfinished Plan B after this. I guess I would say it is pistoa of a snapshot of a point in time Hugh Jasole rated it it was amazing Oct 15, View all 3 comments.
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Shelves: african-american-fiction , crime This novel by Chester Himes is basically an example of existentialism old school Harlem style. Who killed the pants-less man, why did that woman kill that guy, is any one person or organization behind the marches that quickly escalate into riots and looting? Questions such as these are asked, most This novel by Chester Himes is basically an example of existentialism old school Harlem style. Questions such as these are asked, most are not answered definitively.
Why not? His goal is to make the point that most violence is like a blind man with a pistol, without aim, without strategy, without a point.
Tragedies happen because people keep butting into each other. I especially liked the final chapter which stands apart from the rest of the book while also representing all that came before it.
Personally I would have liked a little more cohesion to the plot, at least one case solved by deductive reasoning. But Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are no ordinary detectives, or at least their situation as representatives of the law but also outsiders to it is unique for a crime novel. Coffin and Grave Digger walk the line between white and black worlds and sometimes you may wonder where their loyalty will lie, but the matter is never truly in doubt.
They are honest men whose goal is to do their job as permitted to do it, and to keep alive. Sometimes this allows them to catch a few bad guys. Other times the bad guys have too much pull to be troubled much by the lowest guys in the legal totem pole. No matter.
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