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.
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"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)
Mr Mosley does like he always do. I wish more were made to movies. The Devil in a blue dress movie introduced me to Easy Rawlings.
Back from the dead and back with his woman, Mosley has done it again, Easy Rawlings provers that life is full of ifs and buts. I'm taking my audio journey through Mr. Rawlings's world and it's WONDERFUL. My only issue is that I'll be finished with the last two books in the series before Mosley publishes again. What will I do while I wait for Easy? Oh well, I guess it's time to dive into some of Mosleys science fiction. Again, hats off, great job.
Enjoyed the Easy Rawlings tale. Kept me enthralled with all of the wonderful characters. I highly recommend this story.
I love Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins character. It's not that he's bad-assed because he's got people that are and he doesn't need to be. Easy is a humble man that needs to make things right.i loved this book.
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".
An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.
Mosely' work never disappoints. Set at a time where we were struggling with tough issues in our country, Mosely finds a way to make EZ Rawlings a detective everyone can relate to. The reader comes to appreciate his thinking and his strategic use of relationships to solves his cases. His relationship with a violent loveable felon - nick named Mouse- is an essential part of the story.
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!
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