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Bad Boy Brawly Brown: An Easy Rawlins Mystery | [Walter Mosley]

Bad Boy Brawly Brown: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

Easy Rawlins is out of the investigation business and as far away from crime as a black man can be in 1960s Los Angeles. But living around desperate men means life gets complicated sometimes. When an old friend gets in enough trouble to ask for Easy's help, he finds he can't refuse. Bad Boy Brawly Brown is the masterful crime novel that Walter Mosley's legions of fans have been waiting for. This book marks the return of a master at the top of his form.
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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles: February 1964. Chill winds whisper through the city streets - gusts of racial tension and change. At the heart of the gathering storms is the First Men, a group that some fear wants to whip those winds into a fiery insurrection. Easy Rawlins is working as a high school custodian, caring for his children Jesus and Feather in their cozy West L.A. home, living a life of relative calm. But when Easy's friend John asks for help with his strapping young stepson Brawly Brown, Easy is catapulted back into the restless streets.

John thinks Brawly may be caught up in a dangerous situation. He's right. Brawly has become involved with the First Men. And when Aldridge Brown, Brawly's father, is murdered, Easy soon finds himself again under suspicion by racist cops, again in the company of desperate, dangerous men. Through it all, Easy is guided by the spirit of his old lethal ally and friend Raymond "Mouse" Alexander. Mouse speaks to Easy from beyond the grave, guiding him, cajoling him. And it is something Mouse once said to him that may help Easy save Brawly's life - without costing him his own.
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What the Critics Say

"Mosley's crime novels take their vitality from the racy language and boisterous humanity of his characters, so these neighborhood encounters provide their own joy." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Mosley illuminates time and place with a precision few writers can match." (Publishers Weekly)
"Stands on its own as a powerful human drama and a vividly re-created historical moment." (Booklist)

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    Rosalyne Humble, TX, USA 06-02-08
    Rosalyne Humble, TX, USA 06-02-08
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    "Mazing"

    This book was great !!! Strong suggest listening to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catriona Oakland, CA, United States 10-07-05
    Catriona Oakland, CA, United States 10-07-05 Member Since 2004
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    "More classic Mosley--without Mouse"

    It's amazing to me how much Mouse--Raymond Alexander--haunts this novel. There's some odd revision going on---prob'ly only noticeable if, like me, you're listening to the books one right after another.

    The narrator, ME Willis, is pretty good. He uses more accents to distinguish between characters, especially the women. It can be a bit jarring, since characters from previous novels (with different narrators) suddenly have these whole other ways of talking. The accent for Primo is lousy---pure Frito Bandito. Plus, I guess I just got hooked on Stanley Bennet Clay's characterization of Mouse and Primo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Odilia San Leandro, CA, USA 09-30-06
    Odilia San Leandro, CA, USA 09-30-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Missing Mouse"

    I really love the books, this is the first one of the series I've heard on tape...wasn't real keen on the reader's voice. Didn't like the way he did Juice or Primo's voice. A good read though I'm missing Mouse.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Madison, AL, United States 07-29-12
    Karen Madison, AL, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Bad Boy Brawly Brown better?

    The should have been depth of characters and story line. Since the story line and characters were not fully developed it seemed very unrealistic that he would put himself, family, friends and job for a friend's stepson that he didn't have all that strong of a connection. Payment for almost dying, breaking the law, witnessing several murders and hurting both men and women is a dinner.


    What could Walter Mosley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters were unrealistic and superficial. Women are portrayed as vixens and objects. Left me wondering what kind of women influenced the author. As an African American woman who grew up in Los Angeles, I thought I could make some connection with the characters. Unfortunately, I felt no connection to the characters. By the end, I didn't really care what happened to Brawly.


    What about M. E. Willis’s performance did you like?

    Narrator did an excellent job reading this novel.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bad Boy Brawly Brown?

    Throughout this book, the author refers to Mouse who is assumed dead. He never surfaces but is constantly mentioned and never seems to really add to the plot. Further development of this part should have been made.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RKonklinjr Saginaw, MI, United States 02-06-12
    RKonklinjr Saginaw, MI, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Language Arts teacher

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    "Easy gone queasy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure. It's still a good mystery read and a story told from an off the mainstream point of view.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Walter Mosley again?

    Yes.


    Did M. E. Willis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I didn't particularly care for some of the dialect used, but overall it was professionally acquitted.


    Could you see Bad Boy Brawly Brown being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Only if Denzel Washington could be persuaded to reprise the lead role in a story that is not nearly as strong as his role in


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    Sharyn Hazen, AR, United States 08-04-11
    Sharyn Hazen, AR, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2007

    I am a nurse and also work for USDA-Nass part time. I raise toy & Miniature Australian Shepherds. Listen to audio books while I am driving.

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    "good book great easy"

    Another good book by Mr. Mosley. His characters are great, interaction wonderful make the characters come to life. The narrator was fine to me. Easy is a good guy but not too
    good. Mouse and Easy are very unlikely friends but they help each other with no questions.
    Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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