The Long Fall : Leonid McGill

  • by Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by Mirron Willis
  • Series: Leonid McGill
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL , PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It's a name that takes a little explaining, but he's used to it. "Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man's 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: McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, "decided to go from crooked to slightly bent." New York City in the twenty-first century is a city full of secrets - and still a place that reacts when you know where to poke and which string to pull. That's exactly the kind of thing Leonid McGill knows how to do. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be constantly tested.

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constant back story to do the heavy lifting.

What disappointed you about The Long Fall?

Author seems to rely way too much backstory. He keeps telling you why he's thinking this and why he's doing that and why other people are doing what they are doing. He also inserts way too many characters many of whom are poorly conjured and inconsequential leaving the reader to feel that they haven't kept track of them all. He also makes too many references to race for no apparent reason. Lastly, his analogies and similes are strange and disjointed making the description confusing. I think that there is a good story in there which could have been told in a better way.


Has The Long Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. Mystery and suspense is king. So many fabulous writers in the genre.


Did Mirron Willis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. The narration wasn't really the problem.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Plot itself was okay.


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- Matthew

Loved it

Loved the action through out the book. I also loved how the author showed how Lenid McGill has a side of him that has compassion. Even he is a man of the streets of New York City.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio