Harlem is far from being the worst ghetto in New York. In the South Bronx, where European movie companies now shoot their footage on the destruction of Germany after WW II, there are districts where nine out of ten people die an unnatural death — from murder, hunger, overdose, rat bites, etc. Sometimes it seems new york was finished. We loosing war with drugs, we loosing people!
People on Wall Street had no idea what was going on in Bronx.
After the mystical disappearance of Tom Gruneman his best friend a private detective John Klute starting his own investigation. The primary evidence in this case will become the memories of a prostitute Bri Daniel.
Her life rule is «the rules’ are there to be broken!». In same way living one of her clients who will become an important person in Toms investigation. During his searching Gruneman will find something very unusual in one of the police reports.
Klute is the first installment of what informally came to be known as Pakula’s «paranoia trilogy».
The placename «Harlem» goes from the Dutch town Harulahem which took its title from word Haaro-heim. Literally it means «high place on a sand covered with trees»
Almost 30 criminal gangs of Afro-Americans were interacting in Harlem in 1930`s. The leader of one of the powerful group was a woman — Stephanie St. Clair. Every gang took under control nearly 20 blocks of the neighborhood.
I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it’s happening.