Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Cotton Comes to Harlem
Chester Himes

£9.99

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 Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson mean to bring the good people of Harlem back their $87,000, however many corpses they have to climb over to get it.

Cotton Comes to Harlem is a non-stop ride, with violence, sex, double-crosses, and the two baddest detectives ever to wear a badge in Harlem.

With an Introduction by Will Self

Paperback, 240pp
Penguin Books, 2010 (1964)
ISBN 9780241521090