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The Man in My Basement | [Walter Mosley]

The Man in My Basement

The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. He wants to spend the summer in Charles' basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why.
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Publisher's Summary

The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. He wants to spend the summer in Charles' basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why.

The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome.

But Charles Blakey is black, and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice.

Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very peculiar requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. Charles' summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity.

Walter Mosely pierces long-hidden views of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature. Original and compelling, The Man in My Basement is a literary feat from "one of the country's best writers." (Denver Post)

©2004 Walter Mosley; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks, a division of the Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Mystery Fiction, 2005

"The book's timeliness is irrevocably established. This is fine, provocative writing from the prolific [Walter] Mosley, whose gifts extend well beyond his excellent mysteries." (Booklist)

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    Ken Dallas, TX, USA 04-15-04
    Ken Dallas, TX, USA 04-15-04
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    "Well, it's different"

    The premise of the story intrigued me. Now that I've finished it I'm left wondering, "Now, why did I read this again?" I never did understand why the man in the basement felt the need to do what he did down there.

    Some of the characters really didn't move the story along. They simply served as a means of filling the gaps between when the main character and the man in the basement would meet, and that didn't happen until half way through the story!

    And yes, there was a lot of X-rated content which had no place in this story line...just something to throw in there.

    Pass this one by.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    chris las vegas, NV, United States 11-16-09
    chris las vegas, NV, United States 11-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Awesome"

    Its very rare that I read a book like this. The premise is very simple, a white guy wants to move into the basement of a down-and-out black guy who is short on cash anyway. But what evolves from there is still to me, after many reads of this book, a great story. I cannot compare it to any other book I've ever read, but the closest comparisons are "The Stranger," by Albert Camus and maybe the works of Haruki Murakami. It's one of those books that has a very real terror to it, without scattering dead bodies and zombies if you know what I mean. It touches on many layers as you feel yourself being pulled deeper into this other life and other characters. I have tried two other Mosley books and disliked them very much, but this one is a gem to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlise Newark, NJ, USA 07-12-09
    Charlise Newark, NJ, USA 07-12-09
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    "pleasantly surprised"

    This is my first audio book I started reading the hard copy, but, hearing it read with such emotion and clarity made me feel like I was watching a movie. I was so engrossed I listened to the entire reading in one sitting. I've always liked or rather enjoyed Walter Mosley and have found a new admiration for Ernie Hudson who narrated this piece. His voice just made me want to keep listening just as if I had read the actual book, you know how you get that sad kind of feeling just before you finish a good book? well the same concept applies. Nevertheless I enjoyed it and am glad I tried audio everthing else takes so much time with this I can listen and keep doing what I'm doing and never miss a beat. Thanks for reading. Peace!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hall 11-28-04
    Hall 11-28-04
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    "One of his best"

    I've read or listened to everything Mosley has ever done, including his non-fiction. This is one of his best works.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Wixon 09-30-13

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    What did you like best about The Man in My Basement? What did you like least?

    the story line was unusual to say the least. The story was tight and on line throughout the book.


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    Heather 08-26-12
    Heather 08-26-12
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    "Makes you think"

    This is classic Mosely after his dectective genre. Mosely is the type of author that makes one think and deals with real issues in an interesting way. This book deals with the ideas of slavery, heritage, right versus wrong, and some other issues. It held my attention but I probably would have liked the print format better. No a bad listen because the narrator is excellent, just have to pay attention.

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    Richard 07-01-04
    Richard 07-01-04

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "Good stuff"

    The concept, the prose and the reading are excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Yukon, OK, USA 02-09-04
    Christie Yukon, OK, USA 02-09-04
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    "Hated the Main Character"

    While I listened to this book, I found myself distracted by my hatred of the main character. It started out as dislike and then grew to hatred. The way he treats women, the way he lives his life.... He loses his job for stealing and then he is the victim???? This book was a real let down for me... I couldn't wait for it to end.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Arkansas 01-25-04
    Maria Arkansas 01-25-04 Listener Since 2002
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    "The Man In My Basement"

    This is the perfect audio book; easy to listen to, entertaining,and suspenseful.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Woodland Hills, CA, United States 01-31-04
    Stuart Woodland Hills, CA, United States 01-31-04 Member Since 2001
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    "An Enjoyable Listen"

    This is an easy listen. Certainly different from your everyday stuff, as the perspective makes it a very interesting book. I enjoyed it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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