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Chester Himes

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.