Join us at The Nightbird Mystery Book Club, a club for mystery lovers of all kinds, meeting monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 6:30. We plan to read a variety of mysteries, from classic authors like Agatha Christie to moderns like Ian Rankin and Louise Penny. We won’t leave out the cozies either, so warm up your teacups! Members will choose a book to read (available through Nightbird for a 10% discount) and discuss each month.
The February choice is Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes.
Flim-flam man Deke O’Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta’s state penitentiary than he’s back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement, he’s counting on a big Harlem rally to produce a massive collection—for his own private charity. But the take is hijacked by white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that suddenly everyone wants to get his hands on. As NYPD detectives “Coffin Ed” Johnson and “Grave Digger” Jones piece together the complexity of the scheme, we are treated to Himes’s brand of hard-boiled crime fiction at its very best.
About the Author
Chester Himes was born in Missouri in 1909. He began writing while serving a prison sentence for a jewel theft and published just short of twenty novels before his death in 1984. Among his best-known thrillers are Blind Man with a Pistol, Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Crazy Kill, A Rage in Harlem, The Real Cool Killers, and The Heat's On, all available from Vintage.