Book List in Order: 23 titles




  • A dark and witty work of hardboiled detective fiction set in the mean streets of New York, Chester Himes's A Rage in Harlem includes an introduction by Luc Sante in Penguin Modern Classics. Jackson's woman has found him a foolproof way to make money ...



  • A preacher called Deke O'Malley's been selling false hope: the promise of a glorious new life in Africa for just $1,000 a family. But when thieves with machine guns steal the proceeds - and send one man's brain matter flying - the con is up. Now Grav...



  • Detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones have lost two criminals. Pinky ran off - but it shouldn't be hard to track down a giant albino in Harlem. Jake the dwarf drug dealer, though, isn't coming back - he died after Grave Digger punched him in th...



  • The night's over for Ulysses Galen. It started going bad for the big Greek when a knife was drawn, then there was an axe, then he was being chased and shot at. Now Galen is lying dead in the middle of a Harlem street. But the night's just beginning f...



  • A powerful story of racism that's as pertinent today as when the book was first publishedThis story of a man living every day in fear of his life for simply being black is as powerful today as it was when it was first published in 1947. The novel tak...



  • A classic restored-the complete and unexpurgated text of a great African-American writer's brutal and lyrical novel of prison life. First published in reduced and bowdlerized form in 1952 as Cast the First Stone, Yesterday Will Make You Cry was Chest...



  • A classic of African-American fiction, Chester Himes's tale of a young black man who becomes a union organizer during WWII examines major problems in American life: racism, anti-Semitism, labor strife, and corruption."Mr. Himes undertakes to consider...



  • Jesse Robinson wakes from his nightmare to dirty, fitful real life in a Harlem slum.Kriss wakes up alone divorced, disillusioned, in her plush Manhattan apartment. They have nothing in common. Just one amazing, passionate weekend in Chicago and a des...







  • “Himes is a writer with an enormous capacity to record sensuous life as it is experienced from one moment to the next.” ― New York Times After arriving on the American literary scene with novels of scathing social protest like If He Hollers L...





  • Tomsson Black, political visionary, business genius, and underground revolutionary, plots to avenge injustice by instigating racial turmoil. The roots of racism extend far back into his ancestry, and persecution and suffering have affected many gener...




  • in Murderous Schemes

    When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed,...



  • At once grotesquely comic and unflinchingly violent, Blind Man With a Pistol is the final entry in Chester Himes's trailblazing Harlem Detectives series. New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coff...



  • A Rage in Harlem is a ripping introduction to Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, patrolling New York City’s roughest streets in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series.  For love of fine, wily Imabelle, hapless Jackson ...



  • 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...



  • Detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones are in the hot seat in one of the most chaotic, brutally funny novels in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series. From the start, nothing goes right for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger. They a...







  • Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones get personally involved in a gang dispute in The Real Cool Killers, one of the most provocative cases in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series.  Many people had reasons for killing Ulysse...



  • Love and jealousy erupt into violence in The Crazy Kill, a classic thriller in Chester Himes's trailblazing Harlem Detectives series.  One early morning, Reverend Short is watching from his bedroom window as the A&P across the street is robbed. A...



  • 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 importan...




Complete Series List in Order

Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones

All Shot Up (Oct-1975)
The Crazy Kill (Mar-1985)
Cotton Comes to Harlem (Dec-1988)
The Heat's on (Dec-1988)
The Real Cool Killers (Dec-1988)
A Rage in Harlem (Dec-1989)
Blind Man with a Pistol (Dec-1989)
The Big Gold Dream (Apr-1996)