Marshall out of arresting him, and then gambles his last hopes away. Jackson then seeks help from his brother Goldy to help find Imabelle. Goldy makes a living by disguising himself as a Christian-religious female impersonator of Sister Gabriel. He is also a snitch for two colored deceitful detectives, Grave Digger and Coffin Ed.
Upon some investigation, Goldy finds out that Jackson’s beloved Imabelle has a common law husband named Slim. Slim, a gang leader forms a scam where he steals money from rich colored people who invest in a purported lost-gold-mine. Together, Slim, Hank and Jodie devise a plan where a “contact man” (Gus Parsons) will linger at bars, conferences and churches in effort to reel in potential investors and take them blindfolded to the “corporation headquarters” to view the gold. Goldy connects the dots, finds that Imabelle’s mysterious trunk is full of gold ore samples used for convincing the potential investors, and confirms this with Jackson. With this new information, Goldy devises a strategy to help his brother find Imabelle through Gus Parsons. Together, Goldy, the detectives, and Jackson try to track down the hoodlums and help Jackson. Throughout the story, one series of unfortunate events lead to another, combined with chaos, vivid images of violence, death, blood, sex and crime, all told in a humorous fashion that kept me laughing all the way through.
The first critique work for Chester Himes’ novel features from Keishton’s review of the novel where the general feeling is that there is life and reality in it. The remarks agree to Himes’ ability to represent the actual scene of life as it was back in the fifties and sixties, marred by urbanity and repetitive crime.