©2002 Walter Mosley; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Most of us were introduced to Ezekiel Rollins in "Devil With A Blue Dress On" in book or movie. Looking for more description on Easy Rollins, just Google his bio.
Mosley's books paint the portrait of black life in L.A. in a time most readers don't know -- Los Angeles before the Watts Riots, before Rodney King, in a time when the City of Angels is colored by the magic of movies and the orange sun through a hazy sky.
A Red Death is a book well-worth reading for three reasons beyond Michael Boatman's flawless performance. It is a riveting story of migration from the depths of Houston's impoverished wards to the promise of California sunshine. It is a portrait of people of color carefully painted so that each character is a fully-fleshed individual and personality. It is a study of life below the surface in L.A. as an entire people flourish in spiritual wealth under waves of poverty and prejudice.
Mosley's plots and subplots thrust there way from the unseen to solution as Rollins and his cadre of friends and acquaintances spill out the story -- and sometimes their lives -- in a masterful compilation of storytelling.
I'm hooked on the series and regret that it seems to have ended with so few books and so much potential.
But overall, Mosely stays true to protagonist Easy Rawlins! All the action is right where it needs to be and everything comes to a dramatic yet, puzzling end. The plot was a trifle confusing, I am curious and anxious to continue reading the next mystery Easy Rawlins mixes himself up in.
Don't know, listened didn't read it, so cannot say which is better. But I liked the narrator's voice in my head better than I like the one in mine.
Good plot, well written, gets the social divide between ethnicities, the police and the American class structure pretty well - especially for the time period this book is set in.
Yes and equally good. I'll be looking for his narrations.
Yes, wish I could have.
Highly recommend this book and the Easy Rawlins series!
I love to read and I love to listen to a good story!
Yes, it was a great book
I guess I enjoyed the mystery behind everything.
Easy Rawlins of course.
I started reading Walter Mosley because John Grisham mentioned the author in the Racketeer. I have found this and other Walter Mosley books about Easy Rawlings very interesting. They have provided me with new insights of a culture very different to 21st century England. I particularly like the development of the character Easy. However, my favorite is Mouse, who I probably would not want to meet in person but always provides color to the stories.
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