Chester Himes
Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, police detectives in Harlem, New York City:
[Himes permanently left the US for Paris in 1954; most of his Digger-Coffin books, along with other titles, were first published in French by Gallimard.]

For Love of Imabelle (1957)
La reine des pommes (1958)
[translated from The Five-Cornered Square]
APA: A Rage in Harlem (1965)

Il pleut des coups durs (1958)
[translated from If Trouble Was Money]
The Real Cool Killers (1959)

Couché dans le pain (1959)
[translated from A Jealous Man Can’t Win]
The Crazy Kill (1959)

Tout pour plaire (1959)
The Big Gold Dream (1960)

Imbroglio negro (1960)
[translated from Don’t Play with Death]
All Shot Up (1960)

Ne nous énervons pas (1961)
The Heat’s On (1966)
APA: Come Back Charleston Blue (1970)

Retour en Afrique (1964)
Cotton Comes to Harlem (1965)

Blind Man with a Pistol (1969)
L’aveugle au pistolet (1970)
APA: Hot Day, Hot Night (1970)
Finalist 1970 Edgar Award for Best Mystery

Plan B (1983)
Plan B (1993)


Cast the First Stone (1952)
APA: Yesterday Will Make You Cry (restored edition 1998)

Dare-dare (1959)
Run Man Run (1966)
Finalist 1967 Gold Dagger Award

Une affaire de viol (1963)
APA: A Case of Rape (1980)

The Collected Stories of Chester Himes (1990) [SS]

Other fiction:

If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945)

Lonely Crusade (1947)

The Third Generation (1954)

The Primitive (1956)
APA: The End of a Primitive (1990)

Pinktoes (1965)

Black on Black: “Baby Sister” and Other Writings (1973) [SS etc.]


The Quality of Hurt (1972)

My Life of Absurdity (1976)

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