A Rage in Harlem (Harlem Cycle, Book 1) by Chester Himes

By Chester Himes

Harlem Cycle #1
Originally released 1957

A Rage in Harlem is a ripping creation to Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, patrolling ny City’s roughest streets in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives sequence.

For love of good, wily Imabelle, hapless Jackson surrenders his existence mark downs to a con guy who understands the key of turning ten-dollar debts into hundreds—and then he steals from his boss, in simple terms to lose the stolen funds at a craps desk. fortunately for him, he can flip to his savvy dual brother, Goldy, who earns a living—disguised as a Sister of Mercy—by promoting tickets to Heaven in Harlem. With Goldy on his part, Jackson is prepared for payback.

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I can say that I never sent anybody to prison who did not deserve to go there and there were a few who I would dearly loved to have sent down for a lot longer period than our maximum limit of six months. Throughout the years there was a good deal of change in the way we did our business and that meant additional training. Sentencing became more structured and fines more appropriate to the ability of those being fined to pay them. However, it was not all rosy in the garden because, following the adoption of the Human Rights Act, I felt that the system was, and is today, totally abused by many with criminal intent.

Well I do hope so! The real do-gooders will wonder whether the attention of the magistrates might be more focussed on Miss Cleavage making her notes, rather than the facts of the prosecution case being put forward. There was never a problem with this. I sat on many cases defended by Miss Cleavage and in every case, both male and female members of the team had made copious and accurate notes and knew the details of what had been said. Once the prosecution had finished delivering the facts they would sit down.

She leaned over the edge of the dock and beckoned with her finger. ’ The defendant was taken aback, nodded and sat down to remain very quiet. She then went back to her seat and with an appealing smile, she apologised to the court and the prosecutor before sitting down and continued making notes. One lady magistrate said after the case ‘We got a view of cleavage and leg today,’ the cleavage was while she was making notes and the leg as she leaned over to speak to the defendant her skirt raised a little bit.

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