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On this day in 1909 Chester Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri.

“It seemed so illogical to punish some poor criminal for doing something that civilization taught him how to do so he could have something that civilization taught him how to want. It seemed to him as wrong as if they had hung the gun that shot the man.”
Chester Himes, Yesterday Will Make You Cry

Chester (Bomar) Himes began his writing career while serving in the Ohio State Penitentiary for armed robbery from 1929 - 1936. His account of the horrific 1930 Penitentiary fire that killed over three hundred men appeared in Esquire in 1932 and from this Himes was able to get other work published. From his first novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945), Himes dealt with the social and psychological repercussions of being black in a white-dominated society. Beginning in 1953, Himes moved to Europe, where he lived as an expatriate in France and Spain. There, he met and was strongly influenced by Richard Wright. It was in France that he began his best-known series of crime novels—-including Cotton Comes to Harlem (1965) and Run Man Run (1966)—-featuring two Harlem policemen Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson. As with Himes’s earlier work, the series is characterized by violence and grisly, sardonic humor.

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Raymond Chandler and Frank Partos’s revised script for And Now Tomorrow, Paramount, 1943.

One of only five screenplays written by Chandler, this being the second, following his script for the classic “Double Indemnity” (1944), based on James M. Cain’s novel. 


Chandler had a tumultuous career in Hollywood, including a suspension in late 1945 from Paramount for “refusing to perform under a contract which is not a proper expression of my standing in the motion picture business,” but his influence on film adaptation is nearly unmatched, with scripts and stories that pushed the limits of the Production Code Administration.

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Jo Nesbø's latest Harry Hole novel is available in paperback today!




“Many people spend their whole lives somewhere they don’t want to be out of fear that the alternative is worse.”  ― from POLICE by Jo Nesbø A vindictive killer is stalking Oslo’s streets, slaying police officers at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The department urgently needs Harry Hole. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His brilliant insights and dedication to his job have saved countless lives over the years. But as the killer grows increasingly bold and the media reaction increasingly hysterical, the detective is nowhere to be found. This time, when those he loves and values most are facing terrible danger, Harry is in no position to protect anyone—least of all himself. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/zaHvE
Jo Nesbø's latest Harry Hole novel is available in paperback today!
“Many people spend their whole lives somewhere they don’t want to be out of fear that the alternative is worse.”
― from POLICE by Jo Nesbø

A vindictive killer is stalking Oslo’s streets, slaying police officers at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The department urgently needs Harry Hole. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His brilliant insights and dedication to his job have saved countless lives over the years. But as the killer grows increasingly bold and the media reaction increasingly hysterical, the detective is nowhere to be found. This time, when those he loves and values most are facing terrible danger, Harry is in no position to protect anyone—least of all himself. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/zaHvE

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