Friday, March 22, 2013
Review of The Big Gold Dream by Chester Himes (Avon, 1960)
The Big Gold Dream is the fourth book in the Coffin Ed and Grave Digger series. The strongest element of the story is the sense of place and contextualisation as to life and hustles in Harlem in the 1950s. However, the characterisation is wafer thin, with next to no back story with respect to any of the various characters, and the two lead detectives hardly feature at all. What keeps the story together is the plot and pace. Himes keeps the action moving along in a reasonably convoluted tale about finding a supposed small fortune hidden by a somewhat naive woman. The telling is a little ragged in places, but it’s a reasonably entertaining caper.