Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Real Cool Killers

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 19 Jul 2007

It's got an awesome sense of Paris in its pages, you can feel the place nicely. Definitely worth the read. Rob
--- wrote:

> Mario wrote:
> "I strongly suggest (though it's your money) that
> you give Himes's
> Harlem novels the full treatment. They make up a
> great body of work."
> A few years ago, Payback Press (UK) put all eight
> novels out in three
> volumes of three books each (adding Plan B to the
> third volume). Each
> is prefaced by an essay (for instance, Himes's
> Dilemma of a Black Writer
> in America in the second). Unfortunately, I think
> they are now out of
> print.
> "Himes rocks! . . . I guess you have guessed by now
> that I am a longtime
> Himes fan... Ever
> since I found Blind Man with a Pistol (great title,
> by the way)."
> Great title and great book.
> I have an old Black Lizard I've never read, Coffin &
> Co by Niami Simon.
> According to the back cover, it's about two cops who
> have convinced
> their co-workers that they were the inspiration for
> Coffin Ed and
> Gravedigger Jones. Now they set out to convince
> Himes not to end the
> series. I kept meaning to read this after finishing
> the Harlem Cycle
> (as Payback Press calls it), but still haven't. Is
> it any good?
> Mark

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