A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, April 3, 2017
4/3/1953 Chester Himes moves to Europe
April 3, 1953. On this date Chester Himes left the United States for Europe, thinking a Black man might have an easier time in France than in New York. He joined a group of ex-patriates that included Richard Wright and James Baldwin.
He will always be remembered for his books about Harlem cops Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones.