Walter Mosley - The Man In My Basement - Orion Publishing Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds

The Man In My Basement

By Walter Mosley

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

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.

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

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.

www.waltermosley.com

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781474608602
  • Publication date: 15 Nov 2018
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: W&N
Will hold readers rapt; it is Mosley's most philosophical novel to date — Publishers Weekly
This is fine, provocative writing from the prolific Mosley, whose gifts extend well beyond his excellent mysteries — Booklist
Mosley makes this such a lucid, sinuous book that its big issues are handled with idiosyncratic grace — New York Times
A meditation . . . on black and white, past and present, good and evil, crime and punishment, fathers and sons, men and women, friendship, ambition and shiftlessness — Washington Post
A subtle sense of humor that leavens the philosophical enquiry . . . a special talent for touching upon these sticky questions of evil and responsibility without getting stuck in them — New Yorker
W&N

RL's Dream

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley
Orion

The Insider

Mari Hannah
Authors:
Mari Hannah

The thrilling second novel in the acclaimed Stone and Oliver series by award-winning author, Mari Hannah.'Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah.' Val McDermid'Mari Hannah writes with a sharp eye and a dark heart.' Peter James'It was the news they had all been dreading, confirmation of a fourth victim.'When the body of a young woman is found by a Northumberland railway line, it's a baptism of fire for the Murder Investigation Team's newest detective duo: DCI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver.The case is tough by anyone's standards, but Stone is convinced that there's a leak in his team - someone is giving the killer a head start on the investigation. Until he finds out who, Stone can only trust his partner.But Frankie is struggling with her own past. And she isn't the only one being driven by a personal vendetta. The killer is targeting these women for a reason. And his next target is close to home...'Brand new series, same top-notch writing.' Eva Dolan

Orion

Dark Sky Island

Lara Dearman
Authors:
Lara Dearman

The new Jennifer Dorey and DCI Michael Gilbert thriller set on the island of Sark.

Orion

Dark Sacred Night

Michael Connelly
Authors:
Michael Connelly

Detective Renée Ballard is working the graveyard shift again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets.The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help and she relents.Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway who was brutally murdered. He crossed paths with her devastated mother while working a previous case, and Daisy's story has seized hold of him.Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch and his former partner Lucia Soto to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice...

Trapeze

Hangman

Daniel Cole
Authors:
Daniel Cole

The new high-concept thriller from the international bestselling author of RagdollA detective with no one to trustA killer with nothing to lose18 months after the 'Ragdoll' murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word 'BAIT' carved into the chest. In London a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word 'PUPPET', forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis.Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings before it is too late?

W&N

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley
W&N

Walkin' the Dog

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley
Orion

The Man Who Came Uptown

George Pelecanos
Authors:
George Pelecanos
W&N

A Double Life

Flynn Berry
Authors:
Flynn Berry

'A THRILLING PAGE-TURNER' Paula Hawkins'WHAT A BOOK!' Clare Mackintosh'IT WOUND ME IN AND LEFT ME HEART-BROKEN' Fiona BartonSome wounds need more than time. They crave revenge. Claire's father is a privileged man: handsome, brilliant, the product of an aristocratic lineage and an expensive education, surrounded by a group of devoted friends who would do anything for him. But when he becomes the prime suspect in a horrific attack on Claire's mother - an outsider who married into the elite ranks of society and dared escape her gilded cage - fate and privilege collide, and a scandal erupts. Claire's father disappears overnight, his car abandoned, blood on the front seat.Thirty years after that hellish night, Claire is obsessed with uncovering the truth, and she knows that the answer is held behind the closed doors of beautiful townhouses and country estates, safeguarded by the same friends who all those years before had answered the call to protect one of their own.Because they know where Claire's father is.They helped him escape.And it's time their pristine lives met her fury.'Flynn Berry vividly re-imagines one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century. A Double Life is a thrilling page-turner, but it is also a compassionate and angry book: with forensic precision, Berry picks apart lives derailed by violence and the ways in which class privilege protect the guilty.' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train'What a book! A skilful and compelling exploration of families, crime, and class.' Clare Mackintosh, author of Let Me Lie''Clever, thrilling writing that wound me in and left me heartbroken when I turned the last page and realised it was over.' Fiona Barton, author of The Widow Praise for Flynn Berry and her first novel Under the Harrow:'Thrilling' NEW YORK TIMES'Berry transfixes the reader' GUARDIAN'The book's triumph is Nora's voice' THE SUNDAY TIMES'An exquisitely taut and intense debut' WASHINGTON POST'Like Broadchurch written by Elena Ferrante' CLAIRE MESSUD, AUTHOR OF THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS'Compulsively readable' ROSAMUND LUPTON, AUTHOR OF SISTER

W&N

Gone Fishin'

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley
W&N

A Little Yellow Dog

Walter Mosley
Authors:
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.

Orion

Death in Provence

Serena Kent
Authors:
Serena Kent
Gollancz

One Way

S.J. Morden
Authors:
S.J. Morden

EIGHT ASTRONAUTS. ONE KILLER. NO WAY HOME. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK meets Andy Weir's THE MARTIAN 'A rip-roaring thriller of a book that hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the final chapter' John Marrs, author of the bestselling/Radio 2 Book Club choice THE ONE * * * * * There's a murderer amongst them, and everyone's a suspect . . . Frank Kittridge is serving life for murdering his son's drug dealer, so when he's offered a deal by Xenosystems Operations - the corporation that owns the prison - he takes it. He's been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. Unfortunately, his crewmates are just as guilty of their crimes as he is. As the convicts set to work on the frozen wastes of Mars, the accidents multiply. Until Frank begins to suspect they might not be accidents at all . . . * * * * *'ONE WAY is what would happen if the crime and sci-fi genres got together and had a baby. Deeply immersive, chilling and atmospheric. An utterly fabulous book!' Emma Kavanagh, bestselling author of FALLING and HIDDEN 'A cracking read. A compelling vision of the near future inhabited by well motivated characters. It's a thrilling tale that grabs you and whips along to the very last breathless page' Adam Hamdy, author of PENDULUM 'Twisty and gripping' Financial Times

W&N

Black Betty

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley
W&N

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....

W&N

White Butterfly

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley
W&N

Down the River Unto the Sea

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault, a charge that lands him in the notorious Rikers Island prison.A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid by someone in the NYPD to frame him all those years ago, King realises that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of - and why.At the same time, King must investigate the case of black radical journalist Leonard Compton, aka A Free Man, accused of killing two on-duty police offices who had been abusing their badges to traffic drugs and women into the city's poorest neighbourhoods.In pursuit of justice, our hero must beat dirty cops and even dirtier bankers. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: Compton's, and King's own.

Orion

Where the Missing Go

Emma Rowley
Authors:
Emma Rowley

'The simple magic of Rowley's idea is to make us stop and think about the tragic family chaos behind those heartbreaking missing person photographs we see every day' DAILY MAILA gripping, twisty psychological thriller for fans of CLOSE TO HOME by Cara Hunter, THE FRIEND by Teresa Driscoll and THE CHILD by Fiona Barton.*****************MY NAME IS KATE.I volunteer at a missing persons helpline - young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked.I don't get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks.But today a girl named Sophie called.I'm supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe.The problem is, Sophie isn't safe.AND SOPHIE IS MY DAUGHTER.'A taut, twisty and tension-packed thriller about the depths of obsession and the strength of love' - CARA HUNTER, no.1 bestselling author of CLOSE TO HOME*****************'Emma Rowley has created a nightmare scenario which is all too plausible' - RACHEL ABBOTT, author of THE SIXTH WINDOW'A brilliant debut... Genuinely kept guessing right until the very end' - ELLE CROFT, author of THE GUILTY WIFE'A deliciously dark & emotive debut with an extremely powerful ending' - MEL SHERRATT, author of SHE DID IT'Kept me guessing to the final twist; creepy and addictive. My perfect type of book!' - ELIZABETH HAYNES, author of INTO THE DARKEST CORNERIf you like Clare Mackintosh, Fiona Barton, Teresa Driscoll, Jenny Blackhurst, Rachel Abbott, Laura Marshall, Joy Ellis, Cara Hunter, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons or Lisa Jewell then you will be utterly gripped by this psychological thriller with a massive twist you won't see coming.WHY READERS ARE GIVING WHERE THE MISSING GO *FIVE STARS*:'My favourite book of this year''BRILLIANT''WOW! WOW!''You simply do not know how this twisting turning tale will turn out''Amazingly gripping''I envy anyone who is yet to read it''Wow! That was intense.''From the very first page I was gripped''2018 has been full of great reads for me so far, this one is added to that list for sure''A fantastic book written with so much sensitivity''I absolutely loved every twisted page''Heart wrenching''I loved this book''10/10''The pace and prose flowed so clearly and masterfully''It's so well written it was an absolute gift to read''A mother's love is unlike any other and it is perfectly captured within these pages''You will thoroughly love this book''A pure delight to read''I was immediately intrigued with both the title & the description. The book didn't let me down'*EMMA'S NEW BOOK TELL ME EVERYTHING AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW!*

W&N

The White Devil

Domenic Stansberry
Authors:
Domenic Stansberry