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2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Mystery/Thriller
"As ever, Mosley is able to capture the era, hippies, Watts, communes, in brief strokes that provide a brilliant background to Easy's search for solutions to both a convoluted mystery and complex personal problems." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Scott on 07-29-06
Easy Rawlins is way cool
Walter Mosley's detective is one likeable and respectable guy. He reminds you occasionally of what it is like to live with racism (hard for some of us to imagine.) His respect for characters with education, intelligence, and class is laudable in an age where our younger generation glorifies "gansta" culture. Knowing the world will not soon be color blind he describes the hues of the skin of every charachter he meets is a detailed and almost reverential way. Each tone, from very dark to very light, is a blessing not a curse.
The story is compelling as Mosely's detective searches the underbellies and skyscapers of the late 1960's LA and San Francisco in a desperate search to earn money to save his daughter's life by solving his case. It is very suspenseful towards the end. (P.S. - I have to except Rawlin's respect for Raymond "mouse" as a "master criminal" because as a private detective you can't realisticly work without underworld connections.) Great narration! The narrator has the cool easy but sensible and respectful tone of Rawlin's character himself.
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