By Chester Himes
Harlem Cycle #1
Originally released 1957
A Rage in Harlem is a ripping advent to Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, patrolling manhattan City’s roughest streets in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives sequence.
For love of good, wily Imabelle, hapless Jackson surrenders his existence discount rates to a con guy who is familiar with the key of turning ten-dollar debts into hundreds—and then he steals from his boss, simply 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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Additional info for A Rage in Harlem (Harlem Cycle, Book 1)
In the 1920s, Russian prisons and camps were crowded with ‘old’ and ‘new’prisoners, among whom were on the one hand urka (traditional authority figures) and on the other hand zhigani (ideological criminals, including former officers of the Tsar’s army), who introduced new rules. The criminal war between urka and zhigani was finally won by the urka, who had more power inside the penitentiary system (Gilinskiy and Kostjukovsky 2004: 191). However, the old-style criminals learned how to make use of the traditions of the pre-revolutionary criminal world in a new reality.
What they have in common is that after the reforms ethnic gangs used to operate not only within their own regions, but also (and mainly) in the big cities of Russia, the Ukraine and other former Soviet republics, and that in the late 1990–2000 s they expanded to the international market. In 1997–98, there were 34 organized criminal formations in Moscow alone: 20 originally from Moscow, seven from other cities and seven ethnic, which usually means Caucasian. They provide krysha and protect their compatriot businessmen.
Bribery and the abuse of power were common throughout society, including amongst high ranking officials (Cheloukhine 2008: 356). 6 Tsar Alexander II abolished serfdom in 1861 and in 1864 legal reforms were introduced which included trial by jury and peasant courts to judge small offenders in villages according to customary law. In the Penal Code punishment by the knut (whip) and branding iron was abolished. Criminal Arteli At the end of the nineteenth century, professional criminals started to unite in groups headed by a pakhan (authoritative leader).
A Rage in Harlem (Harlem Cycle, Book 1) by Chester Himes