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Little Green

Easy Rawlins 12

By Walter Mosley

  • Hardback
  • £18.99

EASY RAWLINS IS BACK. The iconic detective who leapt to fame in DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS returns.

EASY RAWLINS IS BACK. The iconic detective who leapt to fame in DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS returns.

We thought we'd seen the last of Easy Rawlins at the end of BLONDE FAITH. But it takes more than an oncoming car to stop LA's finest PI.

'Can you find him, Mr. Rawlins?'
'I can sure look.'

As Easy wakes from his coma, the last thing he needs is an investigation. But a friend's son is in trouble and old habits die hard. So Easy wades into the squats, clubs and LSD dens of Sunset Boulevard, trying to find the missing boy, Evander. What he discovers will take him on a journey into the dark underbelly of 1960s culture, where Evander's disappearance is only one piece of a far larger puzzle...

LITTLE GREEN is Mosley's finest work since DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS - a brilliant novel showing a world-class author reunited with his most beloved protagonist.

Biographical Notes

Walter Mosley is the author of more than thirty-four critically acclaimed books, including the now classic Easy Rawlins mystery series. Mosley's books havebeen translated into more than twenty-one languages and have sold more than three million copies to date. The winner of an O. HENRY AWARD, a GRAMMY, and PEN AMERICA'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, he lives in New York City.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780297870067
  • Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: W&N
Three qualities make this book well worth reading. Easy provides a black slant on a white man's world, all the more telling because it's so casually done. Second, Mosley has an acute sense of historical context - a real bonus in a series spanning several decades. Best of all, perhaps, as this novel shows, he's a natural storyteller. Easy reading, in more ways than one. — Andrew Taylor, THE SPECTATOR
Black LA detective Easy Rawlins comes back from the dead, inspiring his creator to write his best novel in years. It's now 1967 and Easy's trying to rest up following a near-fatal car accident. But trouble always dogs our man and soon a missing person case sees him caught up in LA's nascent hippy culture. — John Williams, MAIL ON SUNDAY
In 2007's Blonde Faith, set in 1967, Easy Rawlins drove drunkenly off a cliff in what his creator indicated was likely his last appearance. Now, after two months of sliding in and out of consciousness, Easy begins the long journey back to the living, in Mosley's superb 12th mystery featuring his iconic sleuth.... If there were an Edgar for best comeback player, Easy Rawlins would be a shoo-in — 25/2/2013, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (USA)
Mosley fans were pining for the resurrection of Rawlins. Their dreams have come true... Mosley returns here to doing what he does best... [A] major event for crime-fiction fans — BOOKLIST (USA)
In my view, a new novel from Walter Mosley is something to take note of, but a new novel from Walter Mosley starring Easy Rawlins is an event. Seriously, if you are a fan of the genre and you haven't read any of these books, you need to start questioning your credentials. — CRIME SQUAD
It's 1967, and Easy is in his mid-40s...Because this is Los Angeles still feeling the aftermath of the Watts riots, and it here where Mosley is so good, because there are two different perspectives to the Sixties, black and white, and through Easy we are reminded of how they differ. — Michael Carlson, IRRESISTIBLE TARGETS
Rawlins's comeback assignment, courtesy of his sidekick Mouse, is a pretty standard search for a missing young man. But in this series the plots are merely pretexts for collisions between the sleuth and the rich, diverse array of Angelenos, here, rewardingly, including hippies. From the outset, trademark Chandleresque phrases and swift character sketches unmistakably indicate that Mosley's mojo has been retrieved. — John Dugdale, SUNDAY TIMES
It's the new Easy Rawlins - how good to be able to say that again. — SUNDAY INDEPENDENT (IRELAND)
Mosley's prose is effortlessly taut and poised and he is an excellent exponent of a simple, brief, direct style that belies the sharp characterisation at the heart of his writing...The novel explicitly refers to Chester Himes and Mosley's wider purpose in this series of books is to narrate an alternative social and, to an extent, literary history. The novels are sharp and fast, but as with Rawlins they pack a great punch and cover a deal of ground — Jerome de Groot, HISTORY TODAY
Three qualities make this book well worth reading. Easy provides a black slant on a white man's world, all the more telling because it's so casually done. Second, Mosley has an acute sense of historical context - a real bonus in a series spanning several decades. Best of all, perhaps, as this novel shows, he's a natural storyteller. Easy reading, in more ways than one. — Andrew Taylor, THE SPECTATOR
Black LA detective Easy Rawlins comes back from the dead, inspiring his creator to write his best novel in years. It's now 1967 and Easy's trying to rest up following a near-fatal car accident. But trouble always dogs our man and soon a missing person case sees him caught up in LA's nascent hippy culture. — John Williams, MAIL ON SUNDAY
In 2007's Blonde Faith, set in 1967, Easy Rawlins drove drunkenly off a cliff in what his creator indicated was likely his last appearance. Now, after two months of sliding in and out of consciousness, Easy begins the long journey back to the living, in Mosley's superb 12th mystery featuring his iconic sleuth.... If there were an Edgar for best comeback player, Easy Rawlins would be a shoo-in — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (USA)
Mosley fans were pining for the resurrection of Rawlins. Their dreams have come true... Mosley returns here to doing what he does best... [A] major event for crime-fiction fans — BOOKLIST (USA)
In my view, a new novel from Walter Mosley is something to take note of, but a new novel from Walter Mosley starring Easy Rawlins is an event. Seriously, if you are a fan of the genre and you haven't read any of these books, you need to start questioning your credentials. — CRIME SQUAD
It's 1967, and Easy is in his mid-40s...Because this is Los Angeles still feeling the aftermath of the Watts riots, and it here where Mosley is so good, because there are two different perspectives to the Sixties, black and white, and through Easy we are reminded of how they differ. — Michael Carlson, IRRESISTIBLE TARGETS
Rawlins's comeback assignment, courtesy of his sidekick Mouse, is a pretty standard search for a missing young man. But in this series the plots are merely pretexts for collisions between the sleuth and the rich, diverse array of Angelenos, here, rewardingly, including hippies. From the outset, trademark Chandleresque phrases and swift character sketches unmistakably indicate that Mosley's mojo has been retrieved. — John Dugdale, SUNDAY TIMES
It's the new Easy Rawlins - how good to be able to say that again. — SUNDAY INDEPENDENT (Ireland)
Mosley's prose is effortlessly taut and poised and he is an excellent exponent of a simple, brief, direct style that belies the sharp characterisation at the heart of his writing...The novel explicitly refers to Chester Himes and Mosley's wider purpose in this series of books is to narrate an alternative social and, to an extent, literary history. The novels are sharp and fast, but as with Rawlins they pack a great punch and cover a deal of ground — Jerome de Groot, HISTORY TODAY
W&N

The Man In My Basement

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley

The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. The stranger offers him $50,000 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. 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. 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

W&N

RL's Dream

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

Winner of the 1996 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award in FictionSoupspoon Wise is dying on the unforgiving streets of New York City, years and worlds away from the Mississippi delta, where he once jammed with blues legend Robert "RL" Johnson. It was an experience that burned indelibly into Soupspoon's soul - never mind that they said RL's gift came from the Devil himself. Now it's Soupspoon's turn to strike a deal with a stranger. An alcoholic angel of mercy, Kiki Waters isn't much better off than Soupspoon, but she too is a child of the South, and knows its pull. And she is determined to let Soupspoon ride out the final notes of his haunting blues dream, to pour out the remarkable tale of what he's seen, where he's been - and where he's going.

W&N

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

Adapted for the screen in 1998 starring Laurence Fishburne as Socrates Fortlow.New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley introduces an "astonishing character" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) in this acclaimed collection of entwined tales. Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles -- and finding the miracle of survival. "I either committed a crime or had a crime done to me every day I was in jail. Once you go to prison you belong there." Socrates Fortlow has done his time: twenty-seven years for murder and rape, acts forged by his huge, rock-breaking hands. Now, he has come home to a new kind of prison: two battered rooms in an abandoned building in Watts. Working for the Bounty supermarket, and moving perilously close to invisibility, it is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning man: young Darryl, whose shaky path is already bloodstained and fearsome. In a place of violence and hopelessness, Socrates offers up his own battle-scarred wisdom that can turn the world around.

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Walkin' the Dog

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley
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Gone Fishin'

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley
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A Little Yellow Dog

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley

November 1963: 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 . . .

W&N

Six Easy Pieces

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

Easy should be living a contented life, with steady work as senior head custodian of Sojourner Truth High School, and a loving family. But happiness is as elusive for Easy as smoke in shadows. Easy's the man folks seek out when they can't take their problems to anyone else. Trading favors and investigating cases of arson, murder, missing persons, and false accusations, it's hard to steer clear of trouble. Easy walks the line in this must-have collection from bestselling, award-winning author Walter Mosley.

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Black Betty

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley
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A Red Death

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 1992 GOLDEN DAGGER AWARD'This novel is so hot, it burns the fingers' Evening Standard'Mosley's second novel confirms him as one of crime writing's finds of the 1990s' Daily TelegraphIt's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....

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White Butterfly

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley
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Down the River Unto the Sea

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley
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And Sometimes I Wonder About You

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley
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Charcoal Joe

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley

Seymour Brathwaite, a young physicist, was found standing over the body of a murdered man. Charcoal Joe, one of the deadliest men in America, wants Brathwaite cleared. Easy Rawlins, a renowned Los Angeles PI, cannot refuse Charcoal Joe. But what links the king of the LA underworld to Seymour Brathwaite? And can Easy find the evidence before he gets embroiled in something much, much worse?

W&N

Rose Gold

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

Easy Rawlins is back - and this time it's personal . . .When four armed policemen turn up at Easy Rawlins' door, he thinks he's in trouble. He is. They want him to find Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a millionaire arms dealer. And Easy can't afford to say no. They think she's with Bob Mantle, a boxer turned radical. As a black man in post-war LA, Easy has access to Mantle's world. The LAPD does not. But Mantle's world is a dangerous one. When Easy is almost gunned down on his first day on the case, he realises he'll need more than his wits to find Rose Gold. Has she been kidnapped? Is she colluding? And what does her father really want? Taking you to the beating heart of a wild, corrupt city, Rose Gold matches an iconic detective with his most explosive case yet.

W&N

All I Did Was Shoot My Man

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

An electric new novel starring PI Leonid McGill from the inimitable Walter Mosley, creator of the Easy Rawlins series.Seven years ago Zella Grisham was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder and grand theft. After two years of fruitless negotiations Zella was sentenced to 25 years in prison, mainly because she refused to give up her accomplices in a $6.8 million heist from Rutgers Assurance Corp. But Zella had played no part in that heist. PI Leonid McGill had planted the evidence. All Zella had done was shoot her man, her cheating husband Harry Tangelo, when she'd caught him in bed with her best friend. That was a long time ago, and McGill has regrets. So he hires a hotshot attorney to set her free. Zella's big regret is that she tried to kill Tangelo. McGill agrees to track him down, but the trail leads back to Rutgers Assurance, and the man who paid McGill to plant the evidence is found dead. As Zella is hounded and an attempt is made on McGill's life, the detective realises the case is more complicated than he had ever imagined - but can he live long enough to sort it out?

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When the Thrill is Gone

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

Leonid McGill is back, in the most enthralling and ambitious instalment of Mosley's latest NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series.The economy has hit the PI business hard, and Leonid McGill is getting job offers only from the criminals he's worked so hard to leave behind. So how can he say no to the beautiful young woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash? She's an artist, she tells him, who's escaped poverty via marriage to a rich collector. A rich collector with two ex-wives whose deaths are shrouded in mystery. She says she fears for her life, and needs Leonid's help. Though Leonid knows better, this isn't a job he can afford to turn away. Meanwhile, Leonid's personal life grows ever more chequered: his favourite stepson, Twill, drops out of school for mysteriously lucrative pursuits; his wife takes a new lover, infuriating the old one and endangering the whole family; and Leonid's girlfriend, Aura, is back but intent on some serious conversations... Is the client at his door who she seems and - if his family's misadventures don't kill him first - will sorting out the woman's crooked tale bring Leonid straight to death's door?

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Known to Evil

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley
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The Long Fall

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

'McGill is an engaging creation, saddled with a faithless wife, an adoring mistress and a son who appears to be planning a murder of his own . . . Mosley ensures the reader hopes to meet [him] again soon' Sunday TelegraphFrom the creator of Easy Rawlins, 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.

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Blonde Faith

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley
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Fear of the Dark

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley

The third in the Fearless Jones series from the author of the Easy Rawlins crime thrillers.Fearless Jones and Paris Minton return in a high-velocity thriller about family, betrayal, and revenge. 'I'm in trouble, Paris.' Paris Minton has heard these words before. They mean only one thing: that his neck is on the line too. So when they are uttered by his lowlife cousin Ulysses S. Grant, Paris keeps the door to his bookshop firmly closed. With family like Ulysses - 'Useless' to everyone except his mother - who needs enemies? But trouble always finds an open window, and before long Paris is paying a call on his long-time friend and bodyguard, Fearless Jones. Criss-crossing the complicated landscape of 1950s Los Angeles, where a wrong look can get a black man killed, Paris and Fearless find desperate women, secret lives, and more than one dead body along the way. Walter Mosley serves up another taut mystery plot humming with brilliant characterisations, sharp dialogue and dark humour - a combination as fresh and zesty as ever. This is the third book in the series that began with Fearless Jones and Fear Itself. It is Mosley's favourite fictional territory, played with a lighter touch.