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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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.
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.
This was a good plot but found myself having to backtrack to follow some of the characters and their roles in the story. I agree with another review in regard to narration. His version of Easy was pretty good. and that of john and Brawley but i didnt at all care for his characterization of any of the female characters or Primo. Bonnie Shays voice was too overly accented and wooden. I read all of Mr. Mosleys stories and much prefer Michael Boatmans narration.
Language Arts teacher
Sure. It's still a good mystery read and a story told from an off the mainstream point of view.
I didn't particularly care for some of the dialect used, but overall it was professionally acquitted.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Narrator did an excellent job reading this novel.
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.
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