Shaft Among the Jews (Shaft #2)
John Shaft is back. Smooth, black and deadly, the private eye whose initial recorded exploits (Shaft) established him as our first genuine superhero since James Bond, is on the prowl again, this time as the best-paid shvartze ever to set foot into the inner sanctums of New York's famed diamond district. His clients for this exotic adventure are a committee of Hassidim, ort...more
Published 1972 by The Dial Press
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I finally finished this book. I first read about it in Darius James's That's Blaxploitation!: Roots of the Baadasssss 'Tude (Rated X by an All-Whyte Jury) in 2000 and I thought it was a joke. Shaft among the Jews? Really? No one would write a book with that title. Seven years later, I searched idly on Amazon.com and, to my absolute astonishment, found a bunch of used copies. I ordered ten of them and gave nine away, keeping a hard copy version discarded by the Josephine County Library in Grants...more
Second and best book in the Shaft series. This is a fantastic read for anyone with a hankering for seventies pulp fiction. Tidyman has a writing style that is both tough and humorous. The plot, involving the hunt for an old diamond cutter who has developed a formula for creating synthetic diamonds, provides a great backdrop for a cast of well drawn villains for Shaft to take on. There are some delicious moments of absurdity peppered with excellent dialogue. Lots of action and sex to fulfill male...more
Ernest Ralph Tidyman took his first breath on Jan. 1, 1928, the son of a veteran police reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. At age 14, he dropped out of school and, concealing his youth, won his own police-reporting gig with the rival Cleveland News. Following a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, Tidyman returned to Cleveland and worked as an editor for The Plain Dealer before moving to such da...moreMore about Ernest Tidyman...