Holler If You Hear Him

U.S. Chester Himes

“…Americans have a style of writing detective stories that no one has been able to imitate…There’s no reason why the black American, like all other Americans, and brought up in this sphere of violence, which is the main sphere of American detective stories, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t write them. It’s just plain and simple violence in narrative form, you know. ‘Cause no one, no one, writes about violence the way Americans do…American violence is public life…on the whole, I mean the detective story originally in the plain narrative form – straightforward violence – is an American product. So I haven’t created anything whatsoever; I just made the faces black, that’s all.”

Chester Himes