A Rage in Harlem

A Rage in Harlem

eBook - 1991
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For the love of fine and wily Imabelle, Jackson loses his life savings to a con man who knows the secret of turning ten-dollar bills into hundreds and steals from his boss, only to lose the stolen money at a crap table. Luckily for him, Jackson has a savvy twin brother, Goldy, who, disguised as a Sister of Mercy, earns a living by selling tickets to Heaven in Harlem.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991, c1985.
ISBN: 9780307803290
0307803295
Characteristics: 1 online resource (166 p.)
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voisjoe1_0
Oct 17, 2019

Listed in "The 1000 Books You Should Watch Before You Die." Suffering tragic white racism in Arkansas, including his brother's rejection at the emergency ward of a whites only hospital and a long prison sentence for a youthful indiscretion, Himes viewed the life of blacks in America as unjust, absurd and menacing and wrote in such a way as to describe this daily horror. This is the first of a series of eight hard-boiled detective novels, several of which were made into top selling films.

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Dave99_0
Oct 15, 2019

"A Rage in Harlem" won France's Grand Prix de la Litterature Policiere award in 1957. Harlem police detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson play a minor role in the first novel of the series. This book is about a bumpkin, Jackson, who is fleeced by a con wherein his ten dollar bills were suppose to be converted into hundred dollar bills inside an oven. A mixture of vicious brutality and dark comedy. For fans of hardboiled crime fiction, I would rate "A Rage in Harlem" at 3.50 stars.

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FoxLarkin
Jan 25, 2019

I loved this book-the authenticity of the language: the characters: the truth behind the lives of people living in Harlem at the time of the story. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

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