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Run Man Run

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  124 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A white undercover cop vents his rage and starts a cycle of violence from which there is no escape. Walker, one of New York's embittered policemen, is vicious when drunk. Staggering into a restaurant on a freezing day, he kills two black workers "because they were there," and pursues a third who witnessed the murders in one of the most suspenseful chases ever put on paper.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 31st 1995 by Carroll & Graf (first published 1960)
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Dan Schwent
Mar 04, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
I went on a quest for some Chester Himes not to long ago, hearing that he was an influence on Joe Lansdale. This was the first of his books I stumbled upon. The blurb on the cover says "Lush sex and stark violence, colored Black and served up raw by a great Negro writer." How could I not buy it?

A drunken cop, Matt Walker, is stumbling around Harlem and can't find his car. He wanders into an automat where three black men are working as porters. He immediately accuses them of stealing his car. Whi
Apr 09, 2012 Harold rated it really liked it
I need one of these from time to time. Just a quick shot of fiction that reads like a good action movie. Good professional writing, in this case from Chester Himes. Well drawn characters in the New York City of the 1960s. Himes knows the geography, sociology and the pshycology and, as it turns out, this book is still relevant to todays world. I wish I could find the cover of the edition I read this from: a 1969 Dell paperback.
Jul 17, 2010 Terence rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Himes fans, noir fans
Recommended to Terence by: Dan Schwent
Shelves: mysteries-noir
I don't have much to say about Run, Man, Run. It's quality Himes. The most fascinating part of the novel is Himes' chilling depiction of the sociopathic detective Matt Walker, whose drunken rage and murders of two black men drive the story. Whether he's seducing and abusing women, murdering witnesses, or justifying himself, Walker is eerily compelling - Himes nails the sociopath's charisma and personality.
Jul 30, 2013 Leeann rated it it was amazing
This was my introduction to Chester Himes in 1997 thanks to a contemporary lit class. Run Man Run is what so many other books of the genre wish they could be.
Feb 11, 2016 Wendy added it
English 494: Modern American Fiction - An urban crime opera about a white undercover cop who starts a cycle of violence against a black porter who witnessed a murder. A chilling, suspenseful chase, the most action I've ever read and enjoyed in a literature class.
Tarene Fung
Jan 07, 2014 Tarene Fung rated it really liked it
Upon being assigned this book for my Texts & Contexts class, I was really hesitant about how I would receive it judging on the previous books we were obligated to read. However, I was surprised that I actually thoroughly enjoyed the dark, haunting, and invigoratingly sensual suspense that Chester Himes entwines into each sentence on every page. I've never been one to go for a "thriller" novel ( I've been so brainwashed to think that only movies can achieve that feeling), but this book was re ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pulp-fiction
Chris Rock once remarked that if there was anything scarier than terrorists it was crazy white guys, but he could have been referring to the crazy white cop in this book.

“Run Man Run” is a brilliant noir novel about a Christmastime drunken white cop who goes berserk in a night owl luncheonette killing two out of three black porters and relentlessly stalking the third porter through the streets of Harlem and Manhattan. Himes makes the streets of New York read like an insane carnival of light and
May 26, 2013 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
un doppio omicidio brutale e insensato, un testimone inconsapevole, un poliziotto folle e razzista e una caccia all'uomo a harlem ma non solo. tra locali equivoci, botteghe di barbieri, bar e case- un altro piccolo affresco di new york. e stavolta, a differenza di "cieco con la pistola" c'è una storia serrata e costruita benissimo. ottimo libro di genere.
Curt Lorde
Aug 13, 2010 Curt Lorde rated it really liked it
A tale that is so scary real- those oops shootings of Amadou Diallo and the guy in Oakland by a BART gunslinger come to mind. You'll wonder 'How many so-called justifiable homicides were straight out murders?' Power, racism, fear blend into this story that unfortunately has too much basis in fact.
Muy buena historia, un policía blanco borracho que encuentra algo con que divertirse, unos hombres negros que van a entrar a trabajar. Los encañona y los amenaza, y debido a la situación y su borrachera se le dispara el arma. El dibujo es bueno a secas, es en blanco y negro.
Allison Hobbs
May 25, 2009 Allison Hobbs rated it it was amazing
Just discovering this African Ameican writer born in 1909 and I love his style
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I'm not entirely certain a better crime novel exists.
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Chester Bomar Himes began writing in the early 1930s while serving a prison sentence for armed robbery. From there, he produced short stories for periodicals such as Esquire and Abbott's Monthly. When released, he focussed on semi-autobiographical protest novels.

In 1953, Himes emigrated to France, where he was approached by Marcel Duhamel of Gallimard to write a detective series for Série Noire,
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