A BIG BLACK FIST STRIKES A BLOW HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD’.
“Diamond-hard… Relentless… The heaviest mother in town is on the prowl again … Equal parts of guts, wits and power… John Shaft whips it on the international underworld in a jewel of a caper, as wift, violent and unpredictable as any he’s ever known!”
A genuine “what the…?” moment a week or so back as I stood in yer typical hackernee commmunity centre and my eyes espied this little beauty amongst some mouldering paperbacks.
Tidyman wrote the first Shaft and the others. This seems to be the only one not made into a film, which I can undertstand well enough (imagine the pitch!). What I don’t get is why Tidyman thought this was a reasonable way of following up the first book… “Hmmm groundbreaking novel, movie to come. I know, why not do a 2nd book loosely based around corruption in the diamond trade, with Shaft getting hired by a load of hasidic jews?”
It’s not a bad read as pulp stuff goes, some good lovin’ and good fightin’, some funny bits (Shaft gets his office garishly redecorated by his girlfriend and it gives him migraines) and of course the godlike cool of the man himself. He remains the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks.
Ya damn right!