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Cotton Comes to Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel | [Chester Himes]

Cotton Comes to Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

Con man Deak O'Hara is out of the state penitentiary and back on the street working the scam of a lifetime. The $87,000 he has schemed to get has been hijacked and hidden in a bale of cotton. Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are on everyone's trail in one of their most entertaining thrillers.
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Publisher's Summary

Black flim-flam 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 (made into a film in 1970) is one of Himes's hardest-hitting and most entertaining thrillers.

©1965 Chester Himes; copyright renewed 1993 by Lesley Himes (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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"The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler.... These books have lasting value - as thrillers, as streetwise documentaries, as chapters of black writing at its ribald and unaffected best. On every level they are simply - or rather not so simply, terrific." (The Sunday Times, London)

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cotton Comes to Harlem to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What other book might you compare Cotton Comes to Harlem to and why?

    The Help. I like books that have the potential to become movies.


    Have you listened to any of Dion Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was fun and fast paced.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    freddie APO, AP, United States 05-02-13
    freddie APO, AP, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hello everyone! I'll keep this review short and sweet, where were the Audio Books when I was younger?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, well I saw the film too and it was pretty close.


    Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

    All


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The search for the cotton.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved It!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Bayonne, NJ, United States 02-06-12
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    I expectd adventure and I was very disappointed in the slow movingand in my opinion a poor story line. The saving grace was the mention of famous places in Harlem.

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