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Chester Himes


(Chester Bomar Himes)
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Chester Bomar Himes was a famous African American writer. His works include If He Hollers Let Him Go and a series of Harlem Detective novels. In 1958 he won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; two of his novels were made into feature films: Cotton Comes to Harlem directed by Ossie Davis in 1970 and A Rage in Harlem starring Gregory Hines and Danny Glover in 1991.

In 1969, fleeing oppression, Himes moved to Moraira, Spain, where he died in 1984 from Parkinson's Disease.
 
Series
Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones
1. For Love of Imabelle (1957)
     aka A Rage in Harlem
2. The Real Cool Killers (1959)
4. The Big Gold Dream (1960)
5. All Shot Up (1960)
6. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1965)
7. The Heat's On (1966)
     aka Come Back, Charleston Blue
8. Blind Man with a Pistol (1969)
     aka Hot Day Hot Night
The Crazy Kill (1959)
The Harlem Cycle Volume 1 (omnibus) (1996)
The Harlem Cycle Volume 2 (omnibus) (1998)
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