Happy Birthday Chester Himes! One of the more incredible and under-appreciated crime fiction writers who has contributed to the larger canon of the noir world, Himes’ work began in the 1940s and directly addressed race issues with honesty and blunt literary skill. Moving to Paris later, his work only continued to grow, enriching the genre with his detectives and autobiographical work. If you haven’t taken the chance to pick some of his work up, now’s the time! Plus…hello, he likes cats!