Leonid McGill is back, in the third-and most enthralling and ambitious-installment in Walter Mosley's latest New York Times best-selling series.
The economy has hit the private-investigator business hard, even for the detective designated as "a more than worthy successor to Philip Marlowe" (The Boston Globe) and "the perfect heir to Easy Rawlins" (Toronto Globe and Mail). Lately, Leonid McGill is getting job offers only from the criminals he's worked so hard to leave behind.
Meanwhile, his life grows ever more complicated: his favorite stepson, Twill, drops out of school for mysteriously lucrative pursuits; his best friend, Gordo, is diagnosed with cancer and is living on Leonid's couch; his wife takes a new lover, infuriating the old one and endangering the McGill family; and Leonid's girlfriend, Aura, is back but intent on some serious conversations....
So how can he say no to the beautiful young woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash? She's an artist, she tells him, who's escaped from poverty via marriage to a rich collector who keeps her on a stipend. But she says she fears for her life, and needs Leonid's help. Though Leonid knows better than to believe every word, this isn't a job he can afford to turn away, even as he senses that - if his family's misadventures don't kill him first - sorting out the woman's crooked tale will bring him straight to death's door.
©2011 Walter Mosley (P)2011 Penguin
I was first introduced to Leonid McGill about three weeks ago after hearing about this book on the Tom Joyner Morning show. I am so thrilled to have been listening because I have not been able to get enough of this character. A man who knows that he must make up for his past by doing what he can to help people is such an attractive man!
Mr. Willis is an EXCELLENT narrator. He moves with ease when changing characters. I'm not sure if I am in love with Leonid McGill, Walter Mosley or Mirron Willis.
Start from the first bood to know and appreciate who Mr. McGill and his family are.
It drew me in... Willis's voice, combined with the vivid descriptions and the fluidity of the story line COMPLETELY drew me in...
The plot was engaging, as is Mosely's newest character - almost doesn't make me miss Easy anymore...
I'm not sure, but he definitely brings McGill to LIFE
I'm not sure what the tagline would be, but I'd LOVE to see a movie depicting this character...
the game is...a foot
This, the third of Mosley's McGill mysteries, isn't his best work (and I'm not even comparing this to Easy Rawlins like COUNTLESS other readers still do)...in my opinion it's his 2nd book "Known To Evil" that stands the strongest. This one reads like a weekly TV series entry and there is no huge plot twist or involving mystery. With Mosley, there never is...he's no Jeffrey Deaver...but it's his beautiful prose and character depth that always shines and it does here. The best thread running through this book is the subplot "favor" that McGill is doing for his "Uncle" and the revelation it leads to, along with Leonid's new take on his hatred for his father. This one is a great character study for Leonid, but not a superb mystery. Loyal fans (like myself) will love it, newcomers may sulk.
Do yourself a big favor and attend a book signing by Walter Mosley, who is candidly outspoken and unafraid to take any question. Then listen to his latest book, recalling all the while who wrote it, why he wrote it, and whether he made his point [which he typically does!]. He often speaks at Murder by the Book in Houston, and may be available in your locale. This third Leonid McGill book expands on earlier subplot themes, while detailing searches for killers and missing men. It is a treat.
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