It's a typical ground-hog day in Harlem when a guy stealing a wheel off a car sees an old lady ? who's actually a man ? get hit by a solid-gold car in which a sailor, prostitute, & car salesman are riding. The man in drag turns out to be alright ? that is, until he's hit by a second car, a black Buick with three men dressed in police uniforms in it. The story only gains momentum from there as the nickel-plated .38-wielding police duo of Grave Digger Jones & Coffin Ed Johnson are put on the case. All Shot Up is one in a long series of violent, funny, & socially relevant crime thrillers by Chester Himes, who began his writing career while serving out a prison term for jewel theft in the early 1940s.Himes, Chester B. is the author of 'All Shot Up', published 1975 under ISBN 9780451067173 and ISBN 0451067177.