Monday, November 22, 2021

Season 14, Episode 6 - Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes, Part One

Welcome back to the Hardboiled Road, Cromrades! Our path takes us to Harlem, where a smooth talking con man's operations are being foiled all around him, and Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones seek to return the swindled money to the families it was stolen from. It's Cotton Comes to Harlem, a novel by Chester Himes! We dig in to the first half of the book this week, and talk about Himes, his life, and his take on the detective genre. Join us!

One Things
Jon: Dark Horse's Avatar: The Last Airbender
Josh: A first time watch of a cult classic show, Freaks and Geeks
Luke: The fantasy works of Tanith Lee

Next time: We return to Harlem to see if Coffin Ed and Gravedigger crack the case, and some skulls along the way. 

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Our episode is freely available on and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Themes by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Outro: "Cotton Comes To Harlem" with vocals by George Tipton. Music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!