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4.0 out of 5 starsFear Itself Walter Mosley
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020
A character I truly wish Mr Mosley would revisit , for me personally just a hair below Mosley most famous fictional character Easy Rawlins. . Fearless Jones and Paris Minton , Minton being a analytical sort , Jones physically imposing also Paris Minton moral compass . Jones displaying keen insight , trustworthiness in Jones own way discerning . Excellent read Mosley always providing wit ,twist of a phrase and laugh out loud humor even in the toughest situations .
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
Neither Paris Minton (who seems to fear everything and everybody) and Fearless Jones who is casual about everything and everybody, hold the attraction of Easy Rawlins, his kids, his sometime girlfriend. I always wonder if Easy will ever find himself a real woman and have some kids of his own
4.0 out of 5 starsA Really Nice View from the Alley
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2016
As with Mosley's style, the character you follow may not be just one person. And three characters just might be one person. As usual, Paris, his extraordinary member and Fearless find their way into an adventure that requires thought about the American experience at every turn. Every page is fun, so naturally you want find out what happens on the next one and the next one and the next.
I'm still waiting for Walter Mosley to turn out a bad book. In this outing (Paris and Fearless's second) Mosley crafts a winding plot that keeps unfolding new surprises until the last few chapters. Paris Minton is an almost unique hero among the genre. He's an unmitigated coward. He's honorable and likeable, but fear often controls his life. FEAR ITSELF should please Mosley's legions of fans. Even the most ardent Easy fan should appreciate the characters and story here. A few characters from the Easy series make appearances here, or are mentioned. This wasn't Mosley's best work, but it is still one of the two or three best books I've read this year. I've read Lehane, Connelly, Leonard and more recently, but Mosley is clearly on top of the pile right now. He's on top of his game right now. The other stars of the genre are good, but Mosley is great. Probably the only guy that matches him is George Pelecanos.
3.0 out of 5 starsSlow and plodding... Not his best...
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2004
I have never gotten into the Fearless Jones stories. It has always hit me as a "watered-down-Kool Aid" version of Easy Rawlins. This one was one or two clicks better than the first Fearless Jones novel but not much. This was little more than a fire drill in a chicken pen... a lot squawking and flapping and running in circles but not much getting done.
If you wish to do a true contrast/comparison read "Little Scarlet". The setting of both books is the same historical period where Paris Minton even makes a cameo appearance... it is obvious what I am talking about.
5.0 out of 5 starsFearless Jones and Paris Minton make an unbeatable team
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2003
FEAR ITSELF allows you to get into the minds of Paris and Fearless. Paris repeatedly calls himself a coward, but his behavior belies that title. A man is not a hero because he has no fear. A man is a hero because he IS afraid, and he does the right thing anyway. I enjoyed the fact that both Paris and Fearless are fallible. That makes them more realistic to me. As the two follow clues to the fantastic conclusion of the tale, they both have to fight against impulses that tempt them to walk on the bad side. Excellent book, as usual, Mr. Mosley!
Another great book. It started out slow for me, but I keep reading and couldn't put it down. There were so many twist and turns I was constantly wondering what would happen next. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Too often, the second novel in a series is weaker than the first. All of the author's ideas too often go into that first novel, be it in a series or not. That is not the case here, not at all. If anything, the second of the Fearless Jones series is better written than the first. It is equally gripping, the characters equally vivid and well presented, and the plot is clever, neat and entertaining. Watching American modern history unfurl from Mosley's unique perspective adds to the pleasure, rather than the opposite. A great read.
5.0 out of 5 starsand I have enjoyed all of his series in the right order
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2016
Thanks to Wikipedia, I first found Walter Mosley's writing and was able to sequence his output. It has been invaluable help, and I have enjoyed all of his series in the right order. The best kind of casual reading material throughout. These plot-driven novels should be turned into good entertaining movies - 1990's Devil in a Blue Dress is a forgotten classic noir.