©2005 Walter Mosley; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks
"As ever, Mosley is able to capture the era, hippies, Watts, communes, in brief strokes that provide a brilliant background to Easy's search for solutions to both a convoluted mystery and complex personal problems." (Publishers Weekly)
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Walter Mosley's detective is one likeable and respectable guy. He reminds you occasionally of what it is like to live with racism (hard for some of us to imagine.) His respect for characters with education, intelligence, and class is laudable in an age where our younger generation glorifies "gansta" culture. Knowing the world will not soon be color blind he describes the hues of the skin of every charachter he meets is a detailed and almost reverential way. Each tone, from very dark to very light, is a blessing not a curse.
The story is compelling as Mosely's detective searches the underbellies and skyscapers of the late 1960's LA and San Francisco in a desperate search to earn money to save his daughter's life by solving his case. It is very suspenseful towards the end. (P.S. - I have to except Rawlin's respect for Raymond "mouse" as a "master criminal" because as a private detective you can't realisticly work without underworld connections.) Great narration! The narrator has the cool easy but sensible and respectful tone of Rawlin's character himself.
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This read has its usual non-stop suspense, colorful characters and intriguing style. Loved it! A great listen.
A more gritty East Rawlins, but still a good through back detective novel. I look forward to hearing more Easy Rawlins stories.
Easy's way with women!
Easy's way of looking past what is on the cover and seeing the real truth.
I Love the way Mr. Boatman tells the story!
Amazing!. Love the story line and the narrator. I couldn't stop listening. Michael Boatman is intoxicating.
Just finished listening to Cinnamon Kiss, and I believe this is my favorite of the Easy Rawlins novels. It has been such a pleasure to witness through the course of the Easy Rawlins series so much social and cultural history, along with the development of Easy Rawlins and his interesting friends, lovers and loved ones. But this book felt so real and earthy I felt as though I were stretched out on the musky soil of a rich garden, taking in all the heady fragrances of the world at once. I felt that Easy was alive next to me and I was witness to the pain of the decay of his love and the delight of the sprouting of new seeds in his life. A true pleasure. I'll listen to this one again and again.
This was really compulsive listening. A brilliant performance by the voice actor and proof that Mosley's still got it. Easy Rawlins fits surprisingly well into the 60s, and Mosley's critique of that era's racial politics and popular culture is pretty sharp. Highly recommended.
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