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Cotton Comes to Harlem (Harlem Cycle #7)

Cotton Comes to Harlem - Chester Himes

bookshelves: radio-4x, noir, north-americas, winter-20122013, mystery-thriller, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, published-1964

Recommended for: BBC radio listeners
Read from December 16 to 21, 2012

Made for 4 Extra. Harlem, 1965: $87,000 is missing. Detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson want it back. Read by Hugh Quarshie.

Lead Belly- Pick A Bale Of Cotton live 1945



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 a big Harlem rally to produce a massive collection—for his own private charity. But the take is hijacked by white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that suddenly everyone wants to get his hands on. As NYPD detectives “Coffin Ed” Johnson and “Grave Digger” Jones piece together the complexity of the scheme, we are treated to Himes’s brand of hard-boiled crime fiction at its very best.