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Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend’s bar, wondering how he’ll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs….
It’s 1956 and, times being what they are, no one in official Los Angeles pays much attention as a serial killer murders three black bar girls. But when a white stripper is similarly murdered-and when she turns out to be a UCLA coed, and the daughter of a politically powerful L.A. prosecutor-all hell breaks loose. The heat is finally on to find the killer.
Stymied, the LAPD calls on Easy Rawlins for help, for Easy can go places and do things the police cannot. Reluctantly, Easy accepts their plea and begins a deadly quest that takes him through the seedy jazz joints of Bone Street and the dingy rooms of Hollywood Row. It is a brutal, dangerous odyssey that leads to a startling and heartbreaking conclusion-and jeopardizes his marriage and his life.
In the latest and most surprising novel in the bestselling Leonid McGill series, Leonid finds himself caught between his sins of the past and an all-too-vivid present.
Seven years ago, Zella Grisham came home to find her man, Harry Tangelo, in bed with her friend. The weekend before, $6.8 million had been stolen from Rutgers Assurance Corp., whose offices are across the street from where Zella worked. Zella didn’t remember shooting Harry, but she didn’t deny it either. The district attorney was inclined to call it temporary insanity-until the police found $80,000 from the Rutgers heist hidden in her storage space.
For reasons of his own, Leonid McGill is convinced of Zella’s innocence. But as he begins his investigation, his life begins to unravel. His wife is drinking more than she should. His oldest son has dropped out of college and moved in with an exprostitute.…[more]
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?
A brand-new mystery series from one of the countrys best-known, best-loved writers: a new character, a new city, a new era. A new Walter Mosley.
His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: Leonid McGill , Private Investigator. Its a name that takes a little explaining, but hes used to it. Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black mans family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see aboveground is only a hint at the real story.
Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGills an old-school P.I. working a city thats gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get bykeep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the sidemostly because hes never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like…[more]
A gripping YA fiction debut by bestselling author Walter Mosley. Walter Mosley is one of the best known writers in America. In his first book for young adults, Mosley deftly weaves historical and speculative fiction into a powerful narrative about the nature of freedom. 47 is a young slave boy living under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed until he meets a mysterious run-away slave, Tall John. Then 47 finds himself swept up in a struggle for his own liberation.
It is the Summer of Love as Cinnamon Kiss opens, and Easy Rawlins is deep in a conversation with his lifelong friend Mouse about robbing an armored car. It’s a cinch, Mouse says. This would be further outside the law than Easy has ever traveled—but his daughter Feather urgently needs a medical treatment that costs far more than Easy can earn or borrow in time.
Then another friend offers a job that just might solve Easy’s problem without the risk of jail time. He has to travel to San Francisco to investigate the disappearance of an eccentric, prominent attorney and his assistant of sorts, the beautiful Cinnamon Cargill. Easy can see there is much more to this story than he is told—Robert Lee, his new employer, is as shadowy and suspect as the man Easy is seeking. And the woman who fronts for Lee is as alluring and dangerous as they come. But Easy’s need overcomes all concerns. Far away from his usual network of contacts and support, he plunges into unfamiliar territory, from the newfound hippie enclaves of San Francisco to a violent and vicious plot that stretches back to the battlefields of Europe.
Easy Rawlins returns to solve a mystery set amid the flames of the hottest summer L.A. has ever seen.
Just after devastating riots tear through Los Angeles in 1965—when anger is high and fear still smolders everywhere—the police turn up at Easy Rawlins’s doorstep. He expects the worst, as usual. But they’ve come to ask for his help.
A man was wrenched from his car by a mob at the riots’ peak and escaped into a nearby apartment building. Soon afterward, a redheaded woman known as Little Scarlet was found dead in that building—and the fleeing man is the obvious suspect. But the man has vanished.
The police fear that their presence in certain neighborhoods could spark a new inferno, so they ask Easy Rawlins to see what he can discover. The vanished man is the key, but he is only the beginning. Easy enlists the help of his longtime friend Mouse to break through the shroud. And what Easy finds is a killer whose rage, like that which burned in the city for weeks, is intrinsically woven around deep-set passions—feelings echoed within Easy himself.
Easy Rawlins is out of the investigation business and as far away from crime as a black man can be in 1960s Los Angeles. But living around desperate men means life gets complicated sometimes. When an old friend gets in enough trouble to ask for Easy’s help, he finds he can’t refuse.
Young Brawly Brown has traded in his family for The Clan of the First Men, a group rejecting white leadership and laws. Brown’s mom asks Easy to make sure her baby’s okay, and Easy promises to find him. His first day on the case, Easy comes face-to-face with a corpse, and before he knows it he is a murder suspect and in the middle of a police raid. Brawly Brown is clearly the kind of trouble most folks try to avoid. It takes everything Easy has just to stay alive as he explores a world filled with betrayals and predators like he never imagined.
Big Boy Brawly Brown is the masterful crime novel that Walter Mosley’s legions of fans have been waiting for. This book marks the return of a master at the top of his form.