Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Real Cool Killers
Chester Himes

£9.99

The night’s over for Ulysses Galen. It started going bad for the big Greek when a knife was drawn, then there was an axe, then he was being chased and shot at. Now Galen is lying dead in the middle of a Harlem street. But the night’s just beginning for detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson. Because they have a smoking gun but it couldn’t have killed Galen, and they had a suspect but a gang called the Real Cool Moslems took him. And as patrol cars and search teams descend on the neighbourhood, their case threatens to take a turn for the personal.
The Real Cool Killers is loaded with grizzly comedy and with all the raucous, threatening energy of the streets it’s set on.

Paperback, 192pp
Penguin Books, 2021 (1959)
ISBN 9780241521113