Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

  • Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Written by Chester Himes
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780394759999
  • Our Price: $14.00
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Cotton Comes to Harlem

Buy now from Random House

  • Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Written by Chester Himes
  • Format: eBook | ISBN: 9780307803245
  • Our Price: $9.99
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Cotton Comes to Harlem

Cotton Comes to Harlem

    Select a Format:
  • Book
  • eBook

Written by Chester HimesAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Chester Himes


List Price: $9.99


On Sale: August 03, 2011
Pages: 160 | ISBN: 978-0-307-80324-5
Published by : Vintage Knopf
Cotton Comes to Harlem Cover

Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Email this page - Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Print this page - Cotton Comes to Harlem
Tags for this book (powered by Library Thing)
fiction (33) crime (25) mystery (23) harlem (9) noir (8) african american (6) hardboiled (6) new york (4) detective (4)
fiction (33) crime (25) mystery (23) harlem (9) noir (8)
» see more tags
» hide


A classic entry in Chester Himes’s trailblazing Harlem Detectives series, Cotton Comes to Harlem is one of his hardest-hitting and most entertaining thrillers.
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.

Chester Himes

About Chester Himes

Chester Himes - Cotton Comes to Harlem
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 by Richard Wright. It was in France that he began his best-known series of crime novels---including Cotton Comes to Harlem (1965) and Run Man Run (1966)---featuring two Harlem policemen Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson. As with Himes's earlier work, the series is characterized by violence and grisly, sardonic humor.


“Chester Himes is the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler.”
    —San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the most important American writers of the 20th century. . . . A quirky American genius.”
    —Walter Mosley

“Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition. . . . A master craftsman.”
    —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it.”
    —Jonathan Lethem

  • Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes
  • November 28, 1988
  • Fiction - Mystery & Detective
  • Vintage
  • $14.00
  • 9780394759999

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: