The Heat's on
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About the Author
Chester Himes was born in Missouri in 1909. He began writing while serving a prison sentence for a jewel theft and published just short of twenty novels before his death in 1984. Among his best-known thrillers are Blind Man with a Pistol, Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Crazy Kill, A Rage in Harlem, The Real Cool Killers, and The Heat's On, all available from Vintage.
--The New York Times "One of the most important American writers of the 20th century. . . . A quirky American genius."
--Walter Mosley "Some of the most exciting--and comic--crime novels ever written."
--The Washington Post "Chester Himes is the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler."
--San Francisco Chronicle