Most mystery readers have read some Chester Himes, probably Cotton Comes to Harlem. But there are other gems in the Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones saga. One of them is The Big Gold Dream which centers around a large amount of money that leads to the murder of whoever holds it. Coffin Ed and Grave Digger move around Harlem working their stool pigeons trying to get a handle on the nature of these murders as the bodies mount up. A good part of the plot centers around Sweet Prophet’s Temple of Wonderful Prayer. Himes critiques American materialism, religion, race relations, and gender roles. If you’re in the mood for a police procedural with a social consciousness, The Big Gold Dream will fulfill your need.