Grave Digger and Coffin Ed

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,055 ratings

A Rage in Harlem Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fiction, 2013

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

Himes, described by The Sunday Times as “the greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler”, was no stranger to the world of crime: in his late teens and early 20s, he served 7 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary for armed robbery, the confession to which was beaten out of him by the police. He delivers the tale of his hopelessly naïve hero suddenly finding himself on the run from a hypocritical and far-from-heroic police force with lurid violence and brutal humor. There is no voice better than Mr. Jackson’s to narrate this hardboiled story of love and crime, set in a richly imagined, mid-20th century Harlem.

©1957 Chester Himes (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 0.5

    • A Rage in Harlem

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 672
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 612
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 609

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Visit to Another Era

    • By Kitty on 05-28-12

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 1

    • The Crazy Kill

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A&P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans out too far and falls, but a huge bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a vision of a dead man. Outside, in the very basket Short landed in, lies the body of Valentine Haines. Who murdered Val? It is up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to find out.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is One Crazy Bunch!

    • By Ilana on 07-06-12

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 2

    • The Real Cool Killers

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOW!

    • By freddie on 05-29-13

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 3

    • All Shot Up

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    A golden Cadillac big enough to cross the ocean has been seen sailing along the streets of Harlem. A hit-and-run victim's been hit so hard she got embedded in the wall of a convent. A shootout with three heistmen dressed as cops has left an important politician in a coma - and a lot of money missing. And Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are the ones who have to piece it all together.

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 4

    • The Big Gold Dream

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    The Big Gold Dream is the explosive and shocking hardboiled classic that explores the shadowy underbelly of New York as a urban civil war erupts on the side streets of Harlem, pitting murderers and prostitutes against corrupt politicians and racist white detectives. Detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson attempt to maintain some kind of order - in the neighborhood they have sworn to protect - in a world gone mad around them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "Faith Is Like a Gold Dream" in Hard Boiled Harlem

    • By Jefferson on 09-26-12

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 5

    • The Heat's On

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    From the start, nothing goes fright for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot, and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run. Yet, try as they might, they always seem to be one hot step behind the cause of all the mayhem: three million dollars' worth of heroine and a simple albino called Pinky.

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 6

    • Cotton Comes to Harlem

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just discovered Audo Books

    • By freddie on 05-02-13

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 7

    • Blind Man with a Pistol

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace - their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence - Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threatens to tear Harlem apart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • best narrator ever

    • By Parola138 on 02-05-12

    Regular price: $17.95