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The Real Cool Killers: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel | [Chester Himes]

The Real Cool Killers: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

Many people had reasons for killing Galen, a big Greek with too much money and too great a liking for young black girls. But there are complications - like a drug addict, a disappearing suspect, and the fact that Coffin Ed's daughter is up to her neck in the whole explosive business.
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Publisher's Summary

To detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, it looked like an open and shut case. After all, Sonny Pickens was still standing over the body of Ulysses Galen, smoking gun hanging from his hand. Only one problem: Sonny's gun was loaded with blanks.

There were plenty of people who wanted Galen dead, but who was responsible? Sonny? A jealous husband? Or one of the street toughs from a gang calling themselves the Real Cool Moslems? Coffin Ed and Grave Digger pound the mean streets of 1950s Harlem in search of the Real Cool Killer.

©1959 Chester Himes, copyright renewed 1987 by Lesley Himes (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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"....Real Cool Killers is a picturesque story to which Graham gives expert treatment. " (Audiofile)

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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-06-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "Too Cool For School"

    A big white man is murdered in cold blood in the streets of Harlem in front of countless bystanders. But who is the killer? The drunken crazed man who's chased him from a bar, or a member the Real Cool Muslims, a gang of kids dressed up as arab sheikhs? Why was he killed? Out of anger, just for kicks, or did he have it coming? Detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed are on hand to apprehend the culprits, but one of the kids is killed when Grave Digger thinks one of the Real Cool Muslims is throwing acid into his already burned face, a prank gone very wrong: it was only perfume. Then his young daughter turns out to be embroiled in this mess, ensuring that the Harlem detective duo will do what needs to be done to save her and resolve what turns out to be a truly sordid case. This third instalment of the Harlem Cycle was entertaining, but I felt, not as strong as the two previous books in the series. However, I know that there are more great reads further ahead, so I'll carry on and go wherever Chester Himes takes me; the journey is sure to be filled with unique individuals and plenty of surprises.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    freddie APO, AP, United States 05-29-13
    freddie APO, AP, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Real Cool Killers the most enjoyable?

    Chester Himes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    You really forget its a book.


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

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I WANT MORE!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Carrollton, TX, United States 08-18-12
    Carolyn Carrollton, TX, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great read."
    If you could sum up The Real Cool Killers in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, haunting, true


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ability to truthfully characterize people in the black community before the 80's. The characterizations remind me of my childhood.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    Really like his voice. Captures what I feel are the inner essences of the characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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