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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.
 


Genres: Mystery
 
Series
Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones
   1. A Rage in Harlem (1957)
     aka For Love of Imabelle
   2. The Real Cool Killers (1959)
   3. The Crazy Kill (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
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Novels
   If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945)
   Lonely Crusade (1947)
   Yesterday Will Make You Cry (1952)
     aka Cast the First Stone
   The Third Generation (1954)
   The End of a Primitive (1955)
   Pinktoes (1961)
   Run Man Run (1966)
   Black On Black (1973)
   A Case of Rape (1980)
   Plan B (1993)
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Collections
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Books containing stories by Chester Himes
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Los Angeles Noir 2 (2010)
The Classics
(Akashic Noir)
edited by
Denise Hamilton
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Black Noir (2009)
Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Stories by African-American Writers
edited by
Otto Penzler
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A Century of Noir (2002)
Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories
edited by
Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane

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Award nominations
1970 Edgar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Blind Man with a Pistol


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