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Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery | [Walter Mosley]

Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.
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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

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©2002 Walter Mosley; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Mystery and Suspense, 2010
  • Top 100 Mysteries of All Time (Mystery Writers of America)
  • 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century (Independent Mystery Booksellers Assn.)

"Richly atmospheric....Devil in a Blue Dress honors the hard-boiled tradition of Hammett/Chandler/Cain in its story line and attitude, but Mosley takes us down some mean streets that his spiritual predecessors never could have.... A fast-moving, entertaining story written with impressive style." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

"Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins, a young, tough black veteran living in 1948 Los Angeles, only wants respect and enough money to pay his mortgage. When fired from his factory job, however, he undertakes some paid errands for a shady white mobster who wishes to locate a light-haired, blue-eyed beauty. As Easy plumbs his usual hangouts for clues, he relays information to the mobster, runs afoul of the police, meets the mysterious woman, discovers a murder, then investigates in self-defense. An unusually refreshing protagonist...talented prose, and evocative, realistic descriptions of speech, manners, and social life make this an exceptional and welcome addition." (Library Journal)

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    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 01-07-15
    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Writing! Excellent Narrator!"

    Great story. Really different from the movie but still extremely engaging. I recommend this book for everyone.

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    Harbinger of books Silver Spring, MD, United States 02-10-14
    Harbinger of books Silver Spring, MD, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Black Noir at its finest"

    Wonderful story with fantastic characterization and dialogue. The narrator is amazing I think he captured the essence of the characters really well.

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    Ransford ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 09-01-13
    Ransford ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Narration! Best that I've heard so far!"
    Would you listen to Devil in a Blue Dress again? Why?

    Definitely because the Narrator did such a wonderful job and the story was so interesting!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil in a Blue Dress?

    When the character Mouse was first introduced into the story in Easy's house! The narrator did a great job with the voices.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't really have one. I enjoyed them all!


    Who was the most memorable character of Devil in a Blue Dress and why?

    Mouse, because the things that he would say and do with no remorse.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator!! I hope he narrates all of the Easy Rawlings books! I listened to this story in a day and a half! Just great!! The story is wonderful as well!! I'm sad that I'm just hearing this story!!!

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    "I'd like to meet Easy Rawlins."

    A great Audio Book. It's one that you keep listening to at every opportunity you can find. It's well read and takes you on a journey your glad you only have to read about. And it's a journey you know others may have lived in that time. I must admit I was a little unsure about choosing this story as its far removed from anything I know. But I'm glad I did and I am sure I will listen to it again on a road trip sometime soon!

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    Ari New York, NY, United States 12-13-12
    Ari New York, NY, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful Story"
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    I really enjoyed the story development, the attention to detail and powerful narration. This captured an intimacy and honesty that I don't find in many books. Best of all I just wanted to keep listening because I needed to know what happened next.

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    Jan Berkeley, CA, USA 08-27-12
    Jan Berkeley, CA, USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story, well read by narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it is well-written and centered in the African American community which is a perspective not covered enough.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was unpredictable and engaging, keeping us interested and eager to hear what came next. It was more violent than we expected and seemed more realistic in some ways, not your usual "turn the bad guys in to the authorities" ending.


    What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

    Good dialect work. Easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We listen as we drive across country so we listen to one or two books in each direction from California to Illinois. We definitely wanted to return to the book when we were comfortably on our way.


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    David Rocky Point, NY, United States 08-01-12
    David Rocky Point, NY, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I loved this book"

    I didn't know what to expect, but decided to try out a new author and the book was great. The glimpse into that time period was alive with compelling characters and a great narrative that keeps you on the case right up to the last minute. I can't wait to get the next one!

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    Mark Placerville, CA, United States 03-12-12
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    This is a well-written, suspenseful mystery read by a brilliant actor. The voices of the characters are delivered with distinct and appropriate intonations.

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    PrairieCrone United States 02-06-12
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    "Devil in a Blue Dress"
    Would you try another book from Walter Mosley and/or Michael Boatman?

    I have read all Walter Mosely's books. I love his ability to bring his characters,their lives and especially Their LA neighborhoods alive. While telling a human story, Mosley is educating his readers about the real story....racism in America.
    My problem was that the narrator couldn't do the same. For me, the power and charm of Mosley's book is lost... And that is really too bad.


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    thomas United States 12-05-11
    thomas United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011

    FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.

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    "raymond chandler's mean streets in a new light"

    I READ WALTER MOSELY'S DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS SOME YEARS AGO, AND HAD FOUND IT TO BE A FRESH TAKE ON THE CHANDLER/HAMMETT SCHOOL OF PRIVATE EYE FICTION. THE CHARACTER OF EASY RAWLINS SLIPS RIGHT INTO MARLOW'S GUMSHOES, AND SEES THE SAME POST WAR L.A. FROM AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SET OF EYES. THIS L.A. IS FULL OF THE KIND OF PREJUDICE AND HATE THAT MAKES THESE MEAN STREETS SIMMER TO THE POINT OF VIOLENCE BOILING OVER, TAKING THE LIVES OF BOTH THE INNOCENT AND THE GUILTY. ALL THE TOUGH GUY PATOIS IS HERE, BUT NONE OF IT IS CLICHED. THESE ARE THREE DIMENSIONAL CHARACTERS WITH LIVES TO LIVE OUT; THAT SOME OF THOSE LIVES ARE ENDED IN SUDDEN VIOLENCE JUST ADDS TO THE REALISM. THIS IS THE FIRST OF MOSELY'S EASY RAWLINS MYSTERIES, AND MAY BE HIS FINEST. THIS ONE HAS IT ALL.
    IF YOU'VE READ DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS BEFORE, OR IF YOU ARE A NEW COMER, I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS AUDIBLE AFFERING. THE NARRATOR BRINGS DEPTH TO HIS PERFORMNCE OF EASY RAWLINS, AND DOESN'T OVER ACT THE HARDBOILED NUANCES, BUT RATHER LETS THEM COOK LIKE AN EGG IN A BATH OF HOT WATER. TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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