Cotton Comes to Harlem (Harlem Cycle, #7) by Chester HimesBlack flim-flam man Deke OHara is no sooner out of Atlantas state penitentiary than hes back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement hes counting on the big Harlem rally to produce a big collection-for his own private charity. But the take-$87,000-is hijacked by white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that suddenly everybody wants to get his hands on. With Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones on everyones trail and piecing together the complexity of the scheme, Cotton Comes to Harlem is one of Himess hardest-hitting and most entertaining thrillers.
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Cotton Comes to Harlem has a somewhat complex plot because of all the characters involved — and I mean characters in the double entendre sense!
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Cotton Comes to Harlem is a hardboiled crime fiction novel written by Chester Himes in It was later adapted into a film of the same name in starring Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, and Redd Foxx. The novel plays with thoughts of Blaxploitation and is a monumental novel that started the African-American cop-and-detective phase of the s-'70s. A large amount of shooting occurs and one man is killed as the hijackers make their getaway with the money in a large truck. Investigation starts, in order to find the murderer, and so the main characters, "Grave Digger" Jones and "Coffin Ed" Johnson, are called in to investigate. Colonel Robert Calhoun opens up his Back-to-the-Southland movement, asking the Black people of Harlem to come back South to make a living picking cotton.
Read by Hugh Quarshie. Their methods are unorthodox, and some people think they're trigger happy, but ask any law-abiding citizen of Harlem and they'll sing their praises. Chester Himes' fantastically atmospheric novel is not just a great thriller it reveals the lives of black people in a white city at a time, three years before the death of Martin Luther King, when under Alabama law killing a Negro did not constitute murder. It was filmed in and has become a cult classic. Chester Himes was born in , and grew up in a middle class home in Missouri. His first real experience of racism was when a white hospital refused to treat his brother who had damaged his eyes in a schoolboy prank.