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Publisher's Summary

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.
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©2002 Walter Mosley (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews



Audie Award Winner, Mystery and Suspense, 2010
Top 100 Mysteries of All Time (Mystery Writers of America)
100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century (Independent Mystery Booksellers Assn.)

"Richly atmospheric....Devil in a Blue Dress honors the hard-boiled tradition of Hammett/Chandler/Cain in its story line and attitude, but Mosley takes us down some mean streets that his spiritual predecessors never could have.... A fast-moving, entertaining story written with impressive style." ( Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins, a young, tough black veteran living in 1948 Los Angeles, only wants respect and enough money to pay his mortgage. When fired from his factory job, however, he undertakes some paid errands for a shady white mobster who wishes to locate a light-haired, blue-eyed beauty. As Easy plumbs his usual hangouts for clues, he relays information to the mobster, runs afoul of the police, meets the mysterious woman, discovers a murder, then investigates in self-defense. An unusually refreshing protagonist...talented prose, and evocative, realistic descriptions of speech, manners, and social life make this an exceptional and welcome addition." ( Library Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jefferson on 02-13-11

Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases

This is a solid, concise, well-written and well-read noir detective story set in Los Angeles shortly after World War II. The recently fired Easy Rawlins, in need of money to pay the mortgage on his modest Watts house with its avocado and fruit trees, accepts a seemingly innocuous job to look for a beautiful white woman and then becomes caught up in a tangled web of desire, greed, racism, and violence. In addition to the historical Southern Californian setting, the most interesting part of the novel involves race, most noir detective stories involving white detective heroes, but this one featuring an African American war veteran, a strong and brave and dignified man who has killed white men (German soldiers) in combat, but who nonetheless finds himself tongue-tied when questioned by haughty white American men. He has been living under the radar in a very racist society and now must find a way to deal with the ugly and violent and petty machinations of powerful white people in order to save his house and his life. Easy???s voice, both in Walter Mosley???s spicy and authentic first-person narration and in Michael Boating???s excellent reading of it, is appealing and humane. Boating effectively brings to life the different characters, from the formidable loose canon Mouse to the damaged and damaging Daphne Monet. The novel has plenty of violence and sex, but these are mostly in the service of story and character rather than being gratuitous.

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4 out of 5 stars
By A on 04-09-14

I had to at least sample this author

Sometimes I'll choose a book just because I think that I should at least read something by a particular author--expand my horizons a bit, as it were. Walter Mosley is one of those authors on my list and so when Devil in a Blue Dress appeared in the sale pile, I took the chance. Glad I did. Mosley's reputation is well deserved. While I am not hooked on Easy Rawlins and racing out to gather up as many in the series as I can, I'm sure that more may make it into my library in the future.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John Warwick on 11-12-16

Brilliant book

Where does Devil in a Blue Dress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Never read any Walter Mosley books,this is a brilliant book,Rally,Really.Really enjoy it.

What did you like best about this story?

The Characters,the Story Line the Whole feeling of the book,a different insight to a different style of life.

Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Michael Boatman make the book really come to life,Very good Narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I read this book over a couple of days,its one of them books you don't want to put down.

Any additional comments?

just really brilliant book,i would recommend this to anybody.

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5 out of 5 stars
By halex on 07-25-15

Recommended. well read.

If you could sum up Devil in a Blue Dress in three words, what would they be?

Gripping. Evocative. Exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

Evokes the time and location very effectively. You feel like you are walking around solving the mystery.

Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

no

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