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Chester Himes, the greatest hardboiled crime writer since Raymond Chandler, is back in print with Pegasus Books. After arriving on the American literary scene with novels of scathing social protest like If He Hollers Let Him Go and The Lonely Crusade, Chester Himes created a pioneering pair of dangerously effective African-American sleuths, Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, Harlem's toughest detective duo, must carry the day against an absurdist world of racism and class warfare. The Big Gold Dream is the explosive and shocking hardboiled classic that explores the shadowy underbelly of New York as a urban civil war erupts on the side streets of Harlem, pitting murderers and prostitutes against corrupt politicians and racist white detectives. Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson attempt to maintain some kind of order-in the neighborhood they have sworn to protect-in a world gone mad around them. Chester Himes is the author of numerous novels, short stories, essays, and film scripts. He began writing while serving a prison term for jewel robbery in the early 1940s. He emigrated to France in 1953, then to Spain where he made his home until his death in 1984.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781933648842
Series: Pegasus Classic Crime
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 156
Publication Date: 10 Feb 2010
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication City, Country: United States
Dimensions (cm): 21.5(H) x 13.4(L) x 1.1(W)
Weight (gm): 168

 

Author Biography

After arriving on the American literary scene with novels of scathing social protest like If He Hollers Let Him Go and The Lonely Crusade, Chester Himes created a pioneering pair of dangerously charming African-American sleuths, Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, who attempt to maintain some kind of order in a series of violent and funny page-turners.
The Big Gold Dream
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