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)
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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