The Crazy Kill

Author(s): Chester Himes
Genre: Mystery
CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: BN14151
Released: Dec 07, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781978603912
Narrator/s: Dion Graham
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A&P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans out too far and falls, but a huge bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a vision of a dead man. Outside, in the very basket Short landed in, lies the body of Valentine Haines. Who murdered Val? It is up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to find out.

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Author(s): Chester Himes
Product Number EB00171838
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307803238

Professional reviews

"During a party in Harlem, a drunk Reverend Short falls out a window, only to be saved by huge basket of bread. When he looks out the window again, there's a dead man in the basket. Written in 1959, this mystery is full of wonderfully stereotypical characters, portrayed by Dion Graham in a silky voice. Every question and answer has more than one possible meaning, and detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are forced to sift through them all to find the deeply buried truth. Graham's characterizations of gangsters, preachers, and thieves are energetic and imaginative, especially when the action heats up. This period whodunit is a treat for listeners who enjoy hearing zany characters brought to life with panache. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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