Cotton Comes to Harlem (Harlem Cycle, Book 7) by Chester Himes

By Chester Himes

Black flim-flam guy Deke O'Hara is not any faster out of Atlanta's country prison than he's again at the streets operating the rip-off of a life-time. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa flow he's hoping on the massive Harlem rally to supply a major collection--for his personal deepest charity. however the take ($87,000) is hijacked through white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that all at once every body desires to get his palms on. With Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones on everyone's path and piecing jointly the complexity of the scheme, Cotton involves Harlem is one in all Himes's hardest-hitting and such a lot enjoyable thrillers.

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We're going to find him anyway, even if we have to get the Feds to break in here to look for him. " "At this hour of the night you might find him in Sarah's crib on 105th Street in Spanish Harlem. " "I'll bet," Hijenks said. " That ended the conversation. No one expected any gratitude for the information; it was strictly business. They drove across town on 110th Street, past the well-kept old apartment houses overlooking the north end of Central Park and the lagoon where the more affluent colored people lived.

The danger passed. Some people cheered. Slowly the people returned to the sidewalks. Passenger cars that had been lined up for more than ten blocks began to move along, curious faces peering out at the black people crowding the sidewalks. The captain went over and talked to Bill Davis and the two men with him. "Only nine persons are permitted on a picket line by New York law," he said. " Bill looked at the elderly men. They nodded. He said, "All right," to the captain and thinned out the picket line.

The tableau froze. The Colonel was caught in the act of returning the cheroot to his lips. The blond young man was caught in the act of turning to look out towards the street. Then, deliberately, without a change of expression, the Colonel put the cheroot between his lips and puffed. The blond young man turned back to stare wordlessly at Josh, leaning slightly forward. " Josh asked. " the Colonel asked casually. " The blond young man let out his breath in a disappointed sigh. "A junk man sold it to us just this morning," Josh went on, hoping to get an offer.

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