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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

By Walter Mosley

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Let Walter Mosley, author of the bestselling Easy Rawlins series, introduce you to a new hero . . . Socrates Fortlow

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.

Biographical Notes

Walter Mosley is one of America's best loved authors. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Easy Rawlins series, and his novels include DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, which was made into the acclaimed film of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. His books have been translated into 23 languages and have sold more than 3.5 million copies to date. He lives in New York City.

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  • ISBN: 9781474608558
  • Publication date: 06 Sep 2018
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  • Imprint: W&N
Simply the best crime writer around today. One of the joys of Mosley's writing is the ease that characterises every aspect of it... The characters live and breathe in a way that is utterly convincing and absorbing — Guardian
There are few writers within the crime genre who recreate time and place with Mosley's effortless exactness, even fewer who can replicate his masterfully sustained sense of danger — Sunday Times
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A Little Yellow Dog

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Down the River Unto the Sea

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Life for Easy is uncharacteristically... easy. He's set up his own agency and is about to propose to his sweetheart Bonnie. But all that changes when his old friend Mouse - one of the deadliest men in America -appears at his door, asking for a small favour. The favour is to help the son of a friend of Charcoal Joe, who has been wrongly imprisoned. Charcoal Joe is a mythical figure in LA, a man who pulls all the strings but is known to very few. Reluctantly, Easy agrees - he owes Mouse his life. But it turns out this is no small favour, and Easy is drawn into one of his deadliest and far-reaching investigations yet...(p) 2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Rose Gold

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Fear of the Dark

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Fear Itself

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