When Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, Devil in a Blue Dress - a combustible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright - he captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers (including future president Bill Clinton). Eleven books later, Easy Rawlins is one of the few private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called iconic and immortal. In the incendiary and fast-paced Little Green, he returns from the brink of death to investigate the dark side of L.A.’s 1960s hippie haven, the Sunset Strip.
We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem. Written with Mosley’s signature grit and panache, this engrossing and atmospheric mystery is not only a trip back in time, it is also a tough-minded exploration of good and evil, and of the power of guilt and redemption. Once again, Easy asserts his reign over the City of (Fallen) Angels.
©2013 Walter Mosley (P)2013 Random House Audio
"In 2007’s Blonde Faith, set in 1967, Easy Rawlins drove drunkenly off a cliff in what his creator indicated was likely his last appearance. Now, after two months of sliding in and out of consciousness, Easy begins the long journey back to the living, in Mosley’s superb 12th mystery featuring his iconic sleuth.... If there were an Edgar for best comeback player, Easy Rawlins would be a shoo-in." (Publishers Weekly)
I have listened to over 300 books. Easy Rawlins mysteries remain one of my favorite detective genre characters. Walter Mosley is masterful in providing a strong sense of the political, social and cultural environment in which his characters exist. You can feel, smell and touch the era and the tensions of the day. This resurrection of the character is not as flowing as most of the books in the series, but I am awash in thankfulness for the return of Easy Rawlins.
Little Green is more of a patchwork of devices and elements from other Easy Rawlins stories. It is clear the author is exploring what life is left in the character.
The narrator improved as the book progressed. It felt like the narrator had lost his feel for the character at the beginning of the book but as he became reacquainted through his many takes his familiarity with the terrain, neighborhoods and characters began to return and it began to sound not so much like a reading but instead, the telling of a familiar story.
Mouse carrying Easy up the cliff and the return of Bonnie were significant moments for me.
The political social commentary built into the fabric of this series remains spellbinding for me. The characters remain illuminated by their humanity and ability to cope with all obstacles in 60's-70's AMERIKA!
Don't know if it's the writing or the narration but this book moves at a sub snails pace.
Get on with it.
Waaaaay to slow.
I've been a fan of Walter Mosley and have listened to and read the whole series so I'm terribly disappointed and frustrated to be gritting my teeth as I listen to this. Some good scenes but are they worth the pain?
yes I would recommend this book to friends b/c it had a great story line and it kept you engaged and it had some funny lines.my favo
my favorite character was Easy Rawlins. b/c he was he was the main chararcter and he was telling the story from his prospective.
No this was the first time I had listened to a book read by him.
the tag line would be "what am i gonna do come steal her shit and stand around with my thumb up my ass" (Easy Rawlins)
I am currently listening to Walter Mosley White Butterfly which is proving to be a really good book as well.
Walter Mosley's sweet, streetwise Easy Rawlins detective was last seen drunkenly plummeting from Highway 1 into presumed oblivion. Readers have waited six years to find out that Easy survived, weakened in body, but with the same universal wisdom.
He emerges into a California summer just beginning to feel the sexual and political and moral changes that would form a chain reaction of protest movements and liberal thought, and conservative reaction. Easy, of course, has a mission, which also naturally involves beautiful women, narrow escapes, corpses,slugfests, mystery and musings.
Walter Mosley writes like an angel, effortlessly mixing political commentary with wry humanist observations, and a fast moving storyline.
Michael Boatman narrates the story flawlessly, bringing to life Mosley's diverse cast of characters of all ages, races, and both genders.
A very worthwhile and entertaining read, and much more than "just a murder mystery".
Walter Mosley thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing Easy back even if this is the final book. I was half in love with Easy Rawlings and afraid of Mouse! I never thought Bonnie would be back! This is among my top 10 books!
The late L.A. Banks wrote books that mesmerized me also. Larry Correira's Monster Hunter's books and Kim Harrison's Hollows series kept me fascinated!
I love his voice! He is fabulous. I know Walter Mosley has to be happy with this performance! All the books in the series! He was just as good as Denzel Washington in the movie!
He came back from the dead! So happy he didn't die and his promise to tell Feather all about her mother was touching!
Walter Mosley you are a magnificent writer!
More of a plot and less ranting on race over and over. Most of us from the 60s have grown up and gone beyond this.
Not to other books in genre but to Mosley's future books
narrator did an ok job
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