Charcoal Joe : Easy Rawlins

  • by Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by Michael Boatman
  • Series: Easy Rawlins
  • 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Walter Mosley's indelible detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve.
Picking up where Rose Gold left off in LA in the late 1960s, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins finds his life in transition. He's ready to - finally - propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. And he's taken the money he got from the Rose Gold case and has, together with two partners, started a new detective agency. But inevitably a case gets in the way: Easy's friend, Mouse, introduces him to Rufus Tyler, a very old man everyone calls Charcoal Joe. Joe's friend's son, Seymour (young, bright, top of his class at Stanford), has been arrested and charged with the murder of a white man from Redondo Beach. Rufus tells Easy he will pay and pay well to see his nephew exonerated, but seeing as how Seymour was literally found standing over the man's dead body at his cabin home and the racially charged motives behind it, that might prove to be a tall order.
Between his new company, a heart that should be broken but is not, a whole raft of new bad guys on his tail, and a bad odor that surrounds Charcoal Joe, Easy has his hands full, his horizons askew, and a life in shambles on the ground around his feet.


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Customer Reviews

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Very good Mosely. Lots of bad guys whom Easy navigates gracefully. Lots of women wanting our detective.
Boatman is the best with Mosely!
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- michael stjohn "mickstjo"

Still a Fan - However...

Still a Fan - However..."
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Though I was disappointed with this particular installment of the Easy Rawlins series, I would still recommend it. Someone else may find this a fantastic read but for me it didn’t measure up to his prior style of engaging the reader. I've enjoyed much of his work over the past 20 years but this one did not resonate with me.

What could Walter Mosley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Perhaps not make the novel so predictable, heighten the suspense level. I found it a bit difficult to follow and started over several times. It may have been the narration or the fact that the story seem to disconnect in various places.

How could the performance have been better?
A narrator with more flexible voice range, less monotone and with varying degrees of emotion. Perhaps this reader was not very experienced; his heavy, flat voice made this listen deflating for me.
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- VintageLX450...

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio