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"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)
I accidentally stumbled upon this series of books. Smart, well-written and complex motive arising out of base human desires. Plus, EZ solves the mystery without relying on superhuman reasoning, observation or intuition.
I'm definitely listening to more in this series.
got this booknright after i hqd finished the latest Dresden files book and was lookingbfor something to fill that void. This story totally did the trick! not only did the plot keep menriveted but the themes about racial prejudice and discrimination are still so relevant today. totally woke 5/5
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
The period feel was great. I have never read about a black private detective and really liked his world-view, his take on everything. The writer does a fantastic job of describing his post-war experiences of racism. I liked Easy and I loved the story too. Highly recommend this.
I would be hard pressed to recommend this book to anyone, especially a friend. While the story line holds promise in the beginning, it quickly loses it's pazazz.
Probably not. With a little bit of tweeking, this book would have been interesting. It just doesn't make the cut in its published form. Close but no cigar.
Boatman performed fine. So, I don't have any suggestion for improvement.
I'm not a lazy reader so this book held minimal value for me. By that I mean, there is no challenge to the story. It's supposed to be a mystery and it starts off well, then the writer wanders off course and never recaptures the reader. So, I couldn't stand to sit through anymore gibberish in a follow-up book.
Great story. Really different from the movie but still extremely engaging. I recommend this book for everyone.
Harbinger of Books
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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