By Chester Himes
Black flim-flam guy Deke O'Hara isn't any out of Atlanta's kingdom penal complex than he's again at the streets operating the rip-off of a life-time. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa circulate he's hoping on the massive Harlem rally to supply an important collection--for his personal deepest charity. however the take ($87,000) is hijacked through white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that unexpectedly all people 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 every of Himes's hardest-hitting and such a lot exciting thrillers.
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Chitterling Bred Shoats . . Yams! What Am . . O! Possum!. . Lasses In The Jug . . Grits and Gravy . . Pappy's Bar-B-Q and Mammy's Hog Maw Stew . . Corn Whisky . . Buttermilk . . Hop pin John. In the center of all this jubilation of good food, good times and good pay, were a blown-up photomontage beside a similarly sized drawing: one showing pictures of famine in the Congo, tribal wars, mutilations, depravities, hunger and disease, above the caption,Unhappy Africa; the other depicting fat, grinning colored people sitting at tables laden with food, driving about in cars as big as Pullman coaches, black children entering modernistic schools equipped with stadiums and swimming- pools, elderly people clad in Brooks Brothers suits and Saks Fifth Avenue dresses filing into a church that looked astonishingly like Saint Peter's Cathedral in Rome, with its caption:The Happy South.
I'm just trying to get your attention is all," Coffin Ed said. He got Loboy's attention, but that was all. Loboy admitted getting a glimpse of the driver of the delivery truck that hit Early Riser, but he didn't remember what he looked like. "He was white is all I remember. All white folks look alike to me," he said. He hadn't seen the white men when they had got from the wrecked truck. He hadn't seen the armored truck at all. By the time it had passed he had jumped the iron fence beside the church and was running down the passageway to 136th Street, headed towards Lenox.
Yes, Reverend O'Malley, oh, I'm so thrilled," she said delightedly, involuntarily leaning towards him. Her whole attitude portrayed such devotion he blinked. My God, he thought, this bitch has already forgotten her dead husband and he isn't even in his coffin. " He reached across the table and took one of her hands and held it while he looked deeply into her eyes. " "Oh, Reverend O'Malley, I'll do anything for you," she vowed. He had to exercise great restraint. " She suddenly sobered and knelt beside him on the floor.
Cotton Comes to Harlem (Harlem Cycle, Book 7) by Chester Himes