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Easy Rawlins 3

By Walter Mosley

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The third Easy Rawlins novel by Walter Mosley - 'simply the best crime writer around today' Guardian

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 1993 GOLDEN DAGGER AWARD

'In the crime field this is unquestionably the novel of the year' Literary Review
'Perhaps the most important black literary figure to appear on the scene since James Baldwin's death' Guardian

The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, 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...

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: 9781474608657
  • Publication date: 05 Apr 2018
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A cracking read - Chandler brought up to date - with detective Easy Rawlins treading even meaner streets than Philip Marlowe did — Daily Express
Taking the hard-boiled tradition of Raymond Chandler and transporting it to the streets of Watts and South Central, Mosley has written a sequence of rich and compelling thrillers which say more about racism in America than almost any contemporary novel you care to mention — Independent on Sunday
An excellent craftsman, Mosley's finely tuned sentences and masterful handling of the traditional techniques of the novel distinguish him as perhaps the most important black literary figure to appear on the scene since James Baldwin's death — Guardian
What sets these books apart from other suspense novels is, of course, the protagonist, Easy Rawlins. Rawlins is not your ordinary mystery hero. A black man coping with crime, racism and his own personal demons - though not necessarily in that order - he is a very complicated, personable and likeable character — New York Times
Good-time girls, corrupt politicians, trigger-happy psychopaths and other crime novel fixtures are all in place. But Walter Mosley's writing hums with the particular rhythms and blues of the black American experience. What makes these books special is their vivid portrayal of life in the side streets where Philip Marlowe seldom ventured — Time
In the crime field this is unquestionably the novel of the year. But Mosley is already outstripping the genre. Stay with him while you can — Literary Review
Rawlins moves intimately through Los Angeles' menacing mid-fifties black low-life, accumulating threats, violence, clues and the disintegration of his marriage, Mosley captures the era with masterful dialogue, subtle social comment and a total command of place and time. Even Clinton can be right — The Times
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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

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RL's Dream

Walter Mosley
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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.

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The Blue Salt Road

Joanne M Harris
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Dark Sacred Night

Michael Connelly
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Michael Connelly

*PRE-ORDER THE FIRST EVER BOSCH & BALLARD THRILLER NOW: THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER*At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time.* * * * *Detective Renée Ballard works the graveyard shift and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old files.The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hunting for leads in an unsolved case that has got under his skin.Ballard escorts him out but - curious to know what he was searching for - soon becomes obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton. Was she the first victim of a serial killer who still stalks the streets?For Bosch, the case is more than personal: it may be all he has left.But in a city where crime never sleeps, even detectives have a dark side...* * * * *CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY.'One of the world's greatest crime writers' Daily Mail'A master of the genre' Stephen King'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child'Novels of exceptional quality'The Times'Genuine modern classics' Independent on Sunday'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian'One of the great storytellers of crime fiction' Sunday Telegraph'America's greatest living crime writer' Express'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Walter Mosley
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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

In the beginning . . . there was Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins and Raymond "Mouse" Alexander - two young men setting out in life, hitting the road in a "borrowed" '36 Ford headed for Pariah, Texas. The volatile Mouse wants to retrieve money from his stepfather so he can marry his EttaMae. But on their steamy bayou excursion, Mouse will choose murder as a way out, while Easy's past liaison with EttaMae floats precariously in his memory. Easy and Mouse are coming of age - and everything they ever knew about friendship and about themselves is coming apart at the seams . . .

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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 . . .

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Six Easy Pieces

Walter Mosley
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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

1961: 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 . . .

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A Red Death

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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Elysium Fire

Alastair Reynolds
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Alastair Reynolds

Featuring Inspector Dreyfus - one of Alastair Reynolds most popular characters - this is a fast paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge.One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday . . . and unless the cause can be found - and stopped - within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on . . .Alastair Reynolds has returned to the world of The Prefect for this stand-alone SF mystery in which no one is safe. The technological implants which connect every citizen to each other have become murder weapons, and no one knows who or what the killer is - or who the next targets will be. But their reach is spreading, and time is not on the Prefects' side.

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And Sometimes I Wonder About You

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley

IN NEW YORK, IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM NO ONE ELSE CAN SOLVE, YOU CALL LEONID McGILL Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades in cash and favours, McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's got fancy all around him. When McGill is approached by a small-time office manager to track down his long lost cousin, he declines the case. He can almost smell the desperation on the man. But then McGill's office is broken into, and his potential client is found dead. Soon, McGill finds himself drawn into the underbelly of an establishment family, and a Pandora's box of secrets and lies. Taking you from the moneyed haunts of Uptown to the shady streets of Downtown, Mosley is the Chandler of Obama's America, and one of the finest crime writers in the world.

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Charcoal Joe

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley

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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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.

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Fear Itself

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley

The second in the Fearless Jones series from the author of the Easy Rawlins crime thrillers.'Will not disappoint fans of the Easy Rawlins series. The prose is taut and sinewy and Mosley effortlessly creates a classic noir setting' Douglas Field, Big IssueParis Minton is a man who would rather walk away from trouble, but in 1950s' Los Angeles, it just comes and finds you. Fearless Jones turns up on Paris's doorstep one night asking him to help an attractive woman find her husband. One night later a stranger shows up looking for the same man. It isn't long before Paris is running for his life, and it looks like even his friend Fearless might not be able to save him.

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Fearless Jones

Walter Mosley
Authors:
Walter Mosley

From the author of the Easy Rawlins series comes a new crimebuster - Fearless JonesFearless Jones is a gritty, noirish thriller set in 1950s' Los Angeles. When sultry Elana Love walks into mild-mannered Paris Minton's bookshop, he knows she spells trouble. Elana is trying to escape her boyfriend Leon, who is 'three kinds of bad' - which doesn't bode well for Paris when he is seduced by her. Soon afterwards Elana disappears and Paris's shop is burned to the ground. He calls on war hero and jailbird friend Fearless Jones to come to his aid. Together they set off to find Elana so that Paris can get his life back on track again.

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Bad Boy Brawly Brown

Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley

An Easy Rawlins Mystery - from Bill Clinton's favourite novelist.The year is 1964, and though Easy seems settled into honest work as a Los Angeles custodian, he's having other problems - notably, his adopted son's wish to quit school, and lingering remorse over the death (in A LITTLE YELLOW DOG) of his homicidal crony, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander. Yet he remains willing to do "favors" for folks in need. So, when Alva Torres comes to him, worried that her son, Brawly Brown, will get into trouble running with black revolutionaries, Easy agrees to find the young man and "somehow ... get him back home." His first day on the job, however, Rawlins stumbles across Alva's ex-husband - murdered - and he's soon dodging police, trying to connect a black activist's demise to a weapons cache, and exposing years of betrayal that have made Brawly an ideal pawn in disastrous plans.

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Exit Music

Ian Rankin
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Ian Rankin

A brilliant Rebus novel from the master of British crime.It's late autumn in Edinburgh and late autumn in the career of Detective Inspector Rebus. As he tries to tie up some loose ends before retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. By apparent coincidence, a delegation of Russian businessmen is in town - and everyone is determined that the case should be closed quickly and clinically.But the further they dig, the more Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke become convinced that they are dealing with something more than a random attack - especially after a particularly nasty second killing. Meanwhile, a brutal and premeditated assault on a local gangster sees Rebus in the frame. Has the Inspector taken a step too far in tying up those loose ends? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, inglorious career, will Rebus even make it that far?