Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

All Shot Up
Chester Himes


A golden Cadillac big enough to cross the ocean has been seen sailing along the streets of Harlem. A hit-and-run victim’s been hit so hard she got embedded in the wall of a convent. A shootout with three heistmen dressed as cops has left an important politician in a coma – and a lot of money missing. And Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are the ones who have to piece it all together. All Shot Up is chaotic, bloody – and completely unforgettable. Chester Himes wrote detective fiction darker, dirtier and more extreme than anyone else dared..

Paperback, 208pp
Penguin Books, 2021 (1960)
ISBN 9780241521120