Would There Be a Walter Mosley without Chester Himes? Listen to the Podcast
If I mix my love of Black History Month with my love of crime fiction what do I come up with? The author Chester Himes, probably best known for writing Cotton Comes to Harlem and A Rage in Harlem, both books that were made into movies. His detective novels were set in Harlem in the 1950s and 1960s, and featured NYPD detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Jones. He was the first author to feature Black detectives as the main characters in hard boiled novels.
In 2002 award winning crime fiction author Megan Abbott, wrote a book about hard boiled crime fiction and film noir, The Street Was Mine, which concluded with a chapter on Chester Himes. I interviewed Megan Abbott with help from Evelyn Martin-Anderson, a transplanted New Yorker who was the founder of an Austin poet group, The Catfish Society. Many thanks to the Richard Glasco State Farm Agency (512-250-5533) for sponsoring this podcast. To listen to the 20 minute interview click here: Megan Abbott Interview on Chester Himes.