Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1)

Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1) Description:

In Los Angeles of the late s Easy Rawlins a black war veteran has just been fired from his job at a defense plant Easy is drinking in a friend s bar wondering how he ll meet his mortgage when a white man in a linen suit walks in offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Description:

b A masterful moving novel about age memory and family from one of the true literary icons of our time b br br Ptolemy Grey is ninety one years old and has been all but forgotten by his family his friends even himself as he sinks into a lonely dementia His grand nephew Ptolemy s only connection to the outside world was recently killed in a drive by shooting and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life until he meets Robyn his niece s seventeen year old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew s funeral br br But Robyn will not tolerate Ptolemy s hermitlike existence She challenges him to interact more with the world around him and he grasps more firmly onto his disappearing consciousness However this new activity pushes Ptolemy into the fold of a doctor touting an experimental drug that guarantees Ptolemy won t live to see age ninety two but that he ll spend his last days in feverish vigor and clarity With his mind clear what Ptolemy finds in his own past in his own apartment and in the circumstances surrounding his grand nephew s death is shocking enough to spur an old man to action and to ensure a legacy that no one will forget br br In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist s mind with profound sensitivity and insight and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Black Betty (Easy Rawlins #4)

Black Betty (Easy Rawlins #4) Description:

b b For most black Americans these were times of hope For former P I Easy Rawlins Los Angeles s mean streets were never meaner or more deadly Ordinarily Easy would have thrown the two bills in the sleazy shamus face the white man who wanted him to find the notorious Black Betty an ebony siren whose talent for all things rich and male took her from Houston s Fifth Ward to Beverly Hills There was too much Easy wasn t being told but he couldn t resist the prospect of seeing Betty again even if it killed him

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins #9)

Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins #9) Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author comes his most riveting and provocative Easy Rawlins novel ever a searing story of murder and fury during one of the most explosive moments in American history the race riots in Los Angeles

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

The Man in My Basement

The Man in My Basement Description:

b Hailed as a masterpiece the finest work yet by an American novelist of the first rank this is the mysterious story of a young black man who agrees to an unusual bargain to save the home that has belonged to his family for generations b br The man at Charles Blakey s door has a proposition almost too strange for words The stranger offers him in cash to spend the summer in Charles s basement and Charles cannot even begin to guess why The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments The money would be welcome But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is white and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view br There is something deeper and darker about his request and Charles does not need any more trouble But financial necessity leaves him no choice Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of Anniston has some very particular requests for his landlord and try as he might Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet s strange world At first he resists but soon he is tempted tempted to understand a set of codes that has always eluded him tempted by the opportunity to understand the secret ways of white folks br Charles s summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation and unimagined realms of humanity Walter Mosley pierces long hidden veins of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned Description:

In this cycle of bittersweet stories Walter Mosley breaks out of the genre if not the setting of his bestselling Easy Rawlins detective novels Only eight years after serving out a prison sentence for murder Socrates Fortlow lives in a tiny two room Watts apartment where he cooks on a hot plate scavenges for bottles drinks and wrestles with his demons Struggling to control a seemingly boundless rage as well as the power of his massive rock breaking hands Socrates must find a way to live an honourable life as a black man on the margins of a white world a task which takes every ounce of self control he has p Easy Rawlins fans might initially find themselves disappointed by the absence of a mystery to unravel But it s a gripping inner drama that unfolds over the pages of these stories as Socrates comes to grips with the chaos poverty and violence around him He tries to get and keep a job delivering groceries takes in a young street kid named Darryl who has his own murder to hide and helps drive out the neighbourhood crack dealer Throughout Mosley captures the rhythms of Watts life in prose both lyrical and hard edged resulting in a haunting look at a life bounded by lust violence fear and a ruthlessly unsentimental moral vision p

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

A Red Death (Easy Rawlins #2)

A Red Death (Easy Rawlins #2) Description:

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Rating: 3.45 out of 5

A Little Yellow Dog (Easy Rawlins #5)

A Little Yellow Dog (Easy Rawlins #5) Description:

November Easy s settled into a steady gig as a school custodian It s a quiet simple existence but a few moments of ecstasy with a sexy teacher will change all that When the lady vanishes Easy s stuck with a couple of corpses the cops on his back and a little yellow dog who s nobody s best friend With his not so simple past snapping at his heels and with enemies old and new looking to get even Easy must kiss his careful little life good bye and step closer to the edge

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

White Butterfly (Easy Rawlins #3)

White Butterfly (Easy Rawlins #3) Description:

The police don t show up on Easy Rawlins s doorstep until the third girl dies It s Los Angeles and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested Now they need Easy As he says I was worth a precinct full of detectives when the cops needed the word in the ghetto But Easy turns them down He s married now a father and his detective days are over Then a white college coed dies the same brutal death and the cops put the heat on Easy If he doesn t help his best friend is headed for jail So Easy s back walking the midnight streets of Watts and the darker twisted avenues of a cunning killer s mind

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

The Long Fall (Leonid McGill, #1)

The Long Fall (Leonid McGill, #1) Description:

Bestselling mystery writer Walter Mosley s electric new novel introduces a brand new investigator Leonid McGill and a gripping new set of challenges We follow former rule breaker Leonid McGill as he s buffeted between the overlords of New York s underbelly desperate to turn straight but unable to say no to a nicely paid job When we re introduced he s calling in old favours and greasing NYPD palms to uncover seemingly harmless information for a high paying client But when the former schoolmates on his list are bludgeoned to death one by one McGill realises that a friendly reunion wasn t quite what his taskmaster had in mind And the awkward questions that follow seem almost welcome in comparison to a visit from Willie Sanderson a trained killer and modern day Frankenstein now primed to ensure that McGill breathes his last THE LONG FALL shows Walter Mosley at the height of his powers breathing new life into American crime writing with sassy dialogue and unflinching social truths Vividly capturing a city not nearly as cleaned up as its politicians would have us believe this is new Mosley and it s just as good as the vintage kind

Rating: 3.64 out of 5