“Chester Himes is the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“One of the most important American writers of the 20th century. . . . A quirky American genius.”
“Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition. . . . A master craftsman.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it.”