Search Results: "Walter Mosley"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 13, 2008

Ex-con Socrates Fortlow, the conscience of South Central Los Angeles (Walkin' the Dog, 1999, etc.), returns for another dozen interlinked adventures, most of them revolving around dialogues on tough or taboo subjects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Even when his rhetoric is trite, however, Mosley is always engaged and engaging."
An eloquent if clichéd essay on black and white Americans' slavery to the economy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LITTLE YELLOW DOG by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"But no living novelist beats Mosley's nervy sense of what thin ice the solidest-seeming characters build their lives upon, and how terrifying it is to feel the surface crack and shiver."
Easy Rawlins has been working for two years as a supervising custodian in Sojourner Truth Junior High School when he finds alluring math teacher Idabell Turner in her classroom much too early one morning for anything but trouble. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, ALWAYS OUTGUNNED by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The elemental recurrence of fear and lust and rage are right out of Easy Rawlins, even if Socrates' story exhibits rather than extends Mosley's range."
Mosley takes a break from his peerless Easy Rawlins series (Gone Fishin', 1997, etc.) for a cycle of non-mystery stories set in the same violent neighborhood of Watts. Read full book review >

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BLACK BETTY by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"This latest installment, teeming with violence, bitterness, and compassion, is Mosley's finest work yet."
It's 1961, and Easy Rawlins has lost most of what he had five years ago in White Butterfly (1992). Read full book review >

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FUTURELAND by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"A vivid, exciting and, on the whole, well-executed take on cyberpunk that measures up to the work done 15 years ago by the Gibson and Bruce Sterling—but will Mosley's mystery fans go for them?"
Nine linked stories that continue Mosley's foray into science fiction that began in Blue Light (1998). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE BUTTERFLY by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1992

"As usual, plotting, setting, dialogue, and social comment are all as mannered as Raymond Chandler and—if the manner doesn't put you off—nearly as compelling."
Watts sometime-detective Easy Rawlins (Devil in a Blue Dress, A Red Death) is married when Mosley picks up his tale in 1956, but he still hasn't settled down: He's never told his nurses'-aide wife Regina about the property he owns or how he spends his days, and the local law still leans on him for help when they're up against it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEAR ITSELF by Walter Mosley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2003

"Paris (Fearless Jones, 2001) ends by wrapping up a mystery with perhaps a dozen too many tangles, accepting himself as a killer, and guaranteeing that no matter how well he succeeds in his errands to the powerful and fearsome, he'll never get rich."
Inoffensive bookseller Paris Minton's friend Fearless Jones drags him from the safety of his shop into more trouble—big, big trouble—in 1955 Watts. Read full book review >

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DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley
Released: July 16, 1990

"Better wait for the movie, or hope for more incisive plotting in the promised sequel."
Raymond Chandler meets Richard Wright in this not-quite-successful first novel set in 1948 L.A. Here, low-key black detective Easy Rawlins, fired from his job at a defense plant, agrees to locate femme fatale Daphne Monet for white gangster DeWitt Albright—and of course Finds more than he bargained for. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAVE by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Even so, Mosley's third foray into sci-fi (Futureland, 2001, etc.) is as provocative and deeply felt as ever, right down to the enigmatic ending."
The apparent resurrection of his dead father is only the beginning of an unemployed system administrator's fantastic confrontation with forces that could change the destiny of the planet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CINNAMON KISS by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2005

"Lacks the searing intensity of Little Scarlet (2004), but still as rich and tightly wound as you'd expect from Mosley."
1966. Watts has stopped burning, but it's no safer for Easy Rawlins, on the trail of some mysterious documents that leave death in their wake. Read full book review >

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CHARCOAL JOE by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Less cluttered than Rose Gold (2014), though that's not saying much. But then you don't read Mosley for the throughline but for his matchless ability to present mosaic worlds in which even the most minor characters arrive burning with their own unquenchable stories."
Fasten your seat belts. It's time for another simmering tour of Los Angeles, this time in 1968, with Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins serving once more as the unwilling guide. Read full book review >