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Cotton Comes to Harlem Paperback – November 28, 1988
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“Chester Himes is the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“One of the most important American writers of the 20th century. . . . A quirky American genius.”
“Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition. . . . A master craftsman.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it.”
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lam man Deke O'Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta's state penitentiary than he's back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement he's 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 everyone wants to get his hands on. With Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones on everyone's trail and piecing together the complexity of the scheme, Cotton Comes to Harlem is one of Himes's hardest-hitting and most entertaining thrillers.
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