New York: Dell Publishing, 1969. First Paperback Edition. Small Octavo. (10 cm. x 18 cm.)192 pp. Illustrated paper wrappers. Minor edgewear and small abrasion to verso, not affecting image. Very Good. Item #140
First paperback printing of Chester Himes' crime noir classic, "Run, Man, Run". Himes' writing was often lumped together with other Black writers of the 1960s urban experience such as Donald Goines. With some distance between then and now, Himes has emerged as an important noir crime writer closer to that of James M. Cain and Jim Thompson for the hard-boiled but lucid tones of the action and characters. "Run, Man, Run", first published in 1959, is presented here in the First Paperback edition (1969). The sexualized marketing of this paperback edition, could not be further from the theme and action of the plot which concerns a young, Black man, on the run for his life from a psychotic, white policeman. Himes, of course, had no choice in how his book was marketed but lived and wrote in Europe a great deal of his adult life, ultimately winning the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière - France's highest award for a crime novel.