Cotton Comes to Harlem (Penguin crime fiction)

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Con man Deke O'Hara is out of the state penitentiary and back on the streets hoping to work the scam of a lifetime. Unfortunately, the $87,000 he has schemed has been hijacked and hidden in a bale of cotton. And worse still, Harlem's toughest pair of cops, Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are on everyone's trail. Cotton Comes to Harlem, with its combination of blood-soaked realism and black humour, proves to be one of the most entertaining of Himes' Harlem novels, justifying the author's place in the canon of truly great American crime writing.

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The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler ( Sunday Times )

A bawdy, brazen rollercoaster of a novel . . . the wildest ( New York Times Book Review )

Himes wrote spectacularly successful entertainments, filled with gems of descriptive writing, plots that barely sidestep chaos, characters surreal, grotesque, comic, hip, Harlem recollected as a place that can make you laugh, cry, shudder. (John Edgar Wideman )

Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition. His command of nuances of character and dynamics of plot is preeminent among writers of crime fiction. He is a master craftsman. (Henry Louis Gates, Jr. )

A fantasia with a hard brilliant core ( Evening Standard )

A fine crime writer of Chandlerian subtlety though in a vein of sheer toughness very much his own ( The Times )

That he could channel this pain and misery into some of the greatest crime novels ever written is a testament to his skill as a writer and his spirit as a man. If this is the first Chester Himes novel you will read then, believe me, you are in for a treat. (Noel "Razor" Smith )

He belongs with those great demented realists ... whose writing pitilessly exposes the ridiculousness of the human condition (Will Self )

Hieronymus Bosch meets Miles Davis ( The New York Times )

Chester Himes is the great lost crime writer, as well a great American dissident novelist per se, and an essential witness to his times. Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it. (Jonathan Lethem )

About the Author:

Chester Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1909. Expelled from Ohio State University (he was in the same class as Ralph Ellison), in 1928 Himes was sentenced to twenty years' imprisonment for armed robbery. His writing career began in jail and on release he had a number of controversial novels, including Lonely Crusade, published before he left America for good. It was in Paris that he began writing thrillers, which were extremely successful - his first, A Rage in Harlem, won the 1958 Grand Prix Policier and the subsequent Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones novels were big hits both in France and America. He died in Spain in 1984.

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