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Devil in a Blue Dress Audiobook

Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

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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.

Hear more of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries.

©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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    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.

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    And an excellent reading of it! Looking forward to the rest of the series! :)

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    One of Walter Mosley's best books ever! This is a must hear. Enjoy this book. I guarantee!

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    Marcel Alonzo CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA, US 10-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Scratched my detective noir itch"

    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

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 12-27-15
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 12-27-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Loved this!"

    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.

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    Love it the book. love the movie. love the author.
    read it twice. love the setting.

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    wantex to be lustening to michael boatman, every chance I had -- free m8nute or not.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Walter Mosley? Why or why not?

    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.


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    Boatman performed fine. So, I don't have any suggestion for improvement.


    Do you think Devil in a Blue Dress needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

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    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 01-07-15
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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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    "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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