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The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. He wants to spend the summer in Charles' basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome.
But Charles Blakey is black, and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice.
Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very peculiar requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. Charles' summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity.
Walter Mosely pierces long-hidden views of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature. Original and compelling, The Man in My Basement is a literary feat from "one of the country's best writers." (Denver Post)
©2004 Walter Mosley (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks, a division of the Time Warner Book Group
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Critic Reviews

Audie Award Finalist, Mystery Fiction, 2005
"The book's timeliness is irrevocably established. This is fine, provocative writing from the prolific [Walter] Mosley, whose gifts extend well beyond his excellent mysteries." (Booklist)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Ken on 04-15-04

Well, it's different

The premise of the story intrigued me. Now that I've finished it I'm left wondering, "Now, why did I read this again?" I never did understand why the man in the basement felt the need to do what he did down there.

Some of the characters really didn't move the story along. They simply served as a means of filling the gaps between when the main character and the man in the basement would meet, and that didn't happen until half way through the story!

And yes, there was a lot of X-rated content which had no place in this story line...just something to throw in there.

Pass this one by.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jack on 09-30-13


What did you like best about The Man in My Basement? What did you like least?

the story line was unusual to say the least. The story was tight and on line throughout the book.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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