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Chester Himes

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Chester (Bomar) Himes began his writing career while serving in the Ohio State Penitentiary for armed robbery from 1929 - 1936. His account of the horrific 1930 Penitentiary fire that killed over three hundred men appeared in Esquire in 1932 and from this Himes was able to get other work published. From his first novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945), Himes dealt with the social and psychological repercussions of being black in a white-dominated society. Beginning in 1953, Himes moved to Europe, where he lived as an expatriate in France and Spain. There, he met and was strongly influenced... Read More

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Blind Man with a Pistol

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.00

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... Read more >
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Blind Man with a Pistol

Written by Chester Himes


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Cotton Comes to Harlem

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $14.00

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)... Read more >
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Cotton Comes to Harlem

Written by Chester Himes


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 3, 2011
Price: $9.99

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The Crazy Kill

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.00

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The Crazy Kill

Written by Chester Himes


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Heat's On

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $14.00

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... Read more >
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The Heat's On

Written by Chester Himes


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2011
Price: $9.99

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A Rage in Harlem

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.00

For the love of fine and wily Imabelle, hapless Jackson loses his life savings to a con man who knows the secret of turning ten-dollar bills into hundreds and steals from his boss, only to lose the stolen money at a crap table. Luckily for him, Jackson has a savvy twin... Read more >
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A Rage in Harlem

Written by Chester Himes


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 20, 2011
Price: $9.99

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The Real Cool Killers

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $14.00

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 Sonny, high on hash, found standing over the body with a gun in his hand that fires only blanks; a street gang called the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Real Cool Killers

Written by Chester Himes


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.
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