©1994 Walter Mosley; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Once again, the irreplaceable Michael Boatman makes Mosley's characters jump to life. This is a long, sad tale, with twists on twists that you will not see coming. The best Easy Rawlins story so far, and it's only number three.
In addition to mountains of plot, this book takes us deeper into the life of Easy Rawlins, showing us the kind of man he is, both strong and flawed. He can be exasperating in his weakness and stubbornness, but for a black man in 1950s Los Angeles, caginess was the price if you wanted to survive, let alone get ahead in a hostile world.
I am a fan of Walter Mosley, his stories capture the essence of the time. I read this book out of sequence, but Mosley is an expert at character development. I felt like I was riding in the car with Easy. At times I could feel the heat of Los Angeles and smell the odors of the city.
The love hate relationship Easy has with LAPD gives an interesting spin on the dynamics of the hunt for the killer.
Michael Boatman's performance was right on the money.
I stayed up late two nights to listen to the whole book.
"Another great Easy mystery"
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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