Walter Mosley's indelible detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve.
Picking up where Rose Gold left off in LA in the late 1960s, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins finds his life in transition. He's ready to - finally - propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. And he's taken the money he got from the Rose Gold case and has, together with two partners, started a new detective agency. But inevitably a case gets in the way: Easy's friend, Mouse, introduces him to Rufus Tyler, a very old man everyone calls Charcoal Joe. Joe's friend's son, Seymour (young, bright, top of his class at Stanford), has been arrested and charged with the murder of a white man from Redondo Beach. Rufus tells Easy he will pay and pay well to see his nephew exonerated, but seeing as how Seymour was literally found standing over the man's dead body at his cabin home and the racially charged motives behind it, that might prove to be a tall order.
Between his new company, a heart that should be broken but is not, a whole raft of new bad guys on his tail, and a bad odor that surrounds Charcoal Joe, Easy has his hands full, his horizons askew, and a life in shambles on the ground around his feet.
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Very good Mosely. Lots of bad guys whom Easy navigates gracefully. Lots of women wanting our detective.
Boatman is the best with Mosely!
I am a Walter Mosley fan. I especially love this series. This work will certainly satisfy the appetite of anyone who loves the Easy Rawlins stories. The audible narration bring the characters to life and leaps into your ears. Only disappointment is that this one came out in 2016, so now I have to hope that Mr Mosley will write book 15 very soon!
I truly do enjoy the easy Rawlins Mysteries. Mosley is one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint. I also like that he's bringing characters from his other books. It is definitely worth the read.
i am a fan of walter mosleys so its no surprise that i loved charcoal joe. however this was my first audible novel and michael boatman was very entertaining and captured my attention every minute as he read. he changed his voice and accent as he read the charcter's lines as well as my mind could have imagined if i had been reading the book.
Love the whole story . The consistency of characters and lifestyle are amazing . Mosley puts a voice in a certain aspect of being black and string in America that is unsurpassed .
Still a Fan - However..."
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Though I was disappointed with this particular installment of the Easy Rawlins series, I would still recommend it. Someone else may find this a fantastic read but for me it didn’t measure up to his prior style of engaging the reader. I've enjoyed much of his work over the past 20 years but this one did not resonate with me.
What could Walter Mosley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Perhaps not make the novel so predictable, heighten the suspense level. I found it a bit difficult to follow and started over several times. It may have been the narration or the fact that the story seem to disconnect in various places.
How could the performance have been better?
A narrator with more flexible voice range, less monotone and with varying degrees of emotion. Perhaps this reader was not very experienced; his heavy, flat voice made this listen deflating for me.
Long time listener, road warrior and crime detective fan. Himes, Parker, Patterson, Crais, Grafton ....
This was a great listen. Easy is back and while life is good, he still finds a way to get in the deepest mess ... thanks to Mouse, as is often the case. We get updates on many of the old crew, good and bad. There alot to keep up with, but the story is pure Easy.
As for the performance, Michael Boatman is Easy Rawlins ... period. They need to lock him in for however many more Walter does. I'm going to listen again on my next flight out west.
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