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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)
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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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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