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King of Harlem (A Sassafras Winters/Chinaman Mystery-Adventure 1) Paperback – March, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: A Sassafras Winters/Chinaman Mystery-Adventure 1
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595173365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595173365
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,594,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gripping read. Jones is a bright new light in the mystery genre. -- Clive Cussler, April 19, 2001

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KING OF HARLEM is the first in a new series of mystery-adventure novels featuring Sassafras Winters and Chinaman.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "morganno" on June 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
"So you want to know about Orson Welles and me," is the type of opening sentence in a novel that is impossible to ignore. It certainly captured my attention. Orson Welles? The Orson Welles? In a novel about a 1930's PI and Harlem? My first question was `How in the heck did Orson Welles get involved with a group of Harlem amateur actors involved in a murder mystery?" It didn't take long for author Steven Philip Jones to give me an answer, one that kept me turning the pages. The Federal Theatre Project, offering government-sponsored jobs to unemployed Americans, established a unit in Harlem, allowing Negroes a chance to become professional actors. Enter Orson Welles, a twenty-year-old, untried director from New York. Welles is given the task of directing these untrained actors in Shakespeare's MacBeth. Problems arise when a local chapter of the Communist Worker's Party decides the play is a good way to stir up racial discord in Harlem. Enter our hero, "Sassafrass" Winters, ex-Chicago Cubs baseball player turned Private Investigator. Canada Lee, an old friend of Winter's and an ex-jockey, now an actor in Welle's troupe, calls from New York. Lee asks Winters to hire on as Welles' bodyguard until the play is completed. Winters accepts and quickly finds himself embroiled in solving a murder that involves several members of the play. Jones' novel is a very pleasant blend of a classic 1930's style PI novel, along with historical curiosities. Anyone who admires Orson Welles' work will enjoy this glimpse into his earlier days. Added to the allure of a well-known name, is a good look at the Harlem of the 1930's, the African Americans that called it home and the various cultural clashes that began there. I would recommend this book to any aficionado of Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammet or Ellery Queen. You won't be sorry to add The King of Harlem to your reading list.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorie A. Ham on October 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was a fun read and I enjoyed the period setting. If you'd like to read my full review of the book and even read an interview with the author, just go to my mystery review site at:
Lorie Ham, author of MURDER IN FOUR PART HARMONY(also available here on & THE TROUBLE WITH TENORS, and mystery reviewer for
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More About the Author

Steven Philip Jones (1960 - ) was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and has spent most of his life living in eastern Iowa. Steven has written fiction novels for adults and young adults, comic books, graphic novels, radio scripts, non-fiction, and advertising pieces. Steven has also taught courses in comic book writing and enjoys mentoring other writers as well as editing. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he majored in Journalism and Religion and was accepted into Iowa's prestigious Writers' Workshop MFA Program in 1990.