Grave Digger and Coffin Ed

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 26 ratings

The Crazy Kill Summary

Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A&P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans out too far and falls, but a huge bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a vision of a dead man. Outside, in the very basket Short landed in, lies the body of Valentine Haines. Who murdered Val? It is up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to find out.

©1959 Chester Himes, copyright renewed 1987 by Lesley Himes (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Crazy Kill

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A&P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans out too far and falls, but a huge bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a vision of a dead man. Outside, in the very basket Short landed in, lies the body of Valentine Haines. Who murdered Val? It is up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to find out.

    Regular price: £17.39

  • Book 2

    • The Real Cool Killers

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Many people had reasons for killing Galen, a big Greek with too much money and too great a liking for young black girls. But there are complications - like a drug addict, a disappearing suspect, and the fact that Coffin Ed's daughter is up to her neck in the whole explosive business.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not a patch on Rage in Harlem (sorry)

    • By Mr. C. G. Moore on 30-12-16

    Regular price: £16.89

  • Book 3

    • All Shot Up

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    A golden Cadillac big enough to cross the ocean has been seen sailing along the streets of Harlem. A hit-and-run victim's been hit so hard she got embedded in the wall of a convent. A shootout with three heistmen dressed as cops has left an important politician in a coma - and a lot of money missing. And Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are the ones who have to piece it all together.

    Regular price: £17.39

  • Book 4

    • The Big Gold Dream

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    The Big Gold Dream is the explosive and shocking hardboiled classic that explores the shadowy underbelly of New York as a urban civil war erupts on the side streets of Harlem, pitting murderers and prostitutes against corrupt politicians and racist white detectives. Detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson attempt to maintain some kind of order - in the neighborhood they have sworn to protect - in a world gone mad around them.

    Regular price: £17.39

  • Book 5

    • The Heat's On

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    From the start, nothing goes fright for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot, and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run. Yet, try as they might, they always seem to be one hot step behind the cause of all the mayhem: three million dollars' worth of heroine and a simple albino called Pinky.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Heat's on, written by Chester Himes and read by Dion Graham

    • By Dan on 28-06-18

    Regular price: £17.39

  • Book 6

    • Cotton Comes to Harlem

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Con man Deak O'Hara is out of the state penitentiary and back on the street working the scam of a lifetime. The $87,000 he has schemed to get has been hijacked and hidden in a bale of cotton. Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are on everyone's trail in one of their most entertaining thrillers.

    Regular price: £17.39

  • Book 7

    • Blind Man with a Pistol

    • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
    • By: Chester Himes
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace - their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence - Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threatens to tear Harlem apart.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • BLIND MAN WITH A PISTOL

    • By Martin on 11-05-17

    Regular price: £17.39