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Shirley Y. Thomas
3.0 out of 5 starsLeonid not Easy
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2017
I became a major Mosley fan reading his Easy Rawlins books. I thought of Mosley as one of our major contemporary American writers based on that series. This is the first Leonid McGill story I've read. If I'd started here, I would never gone on to the Rawlins books. Not that this book is poor in any way. It isn't bad at all. But it isn't stellar. It's just OK. I think my principal disappointment is the frantic, disjointed and hyperbolic style. Leonid suffers from a fever in the beginning of the book. And the character acknowledges his narration is feverish. While the character recovers from the fever, the writing does not. And, the character also lacks Easy's charm. He is brutish and violent without any redeeming qualities that I could find. I wonder why Mr. Mosley created this man. If he wanted a contrast to Easy, he could have gone so many other directions. I hope his next protagonist is more appealing and coherent.
All I Did Was Shoot My Man is the 4th offering in the Leonid McGill detective series from Walter Mosley that I've read it was the best thus far! I like and dislike very much when an author writes great dialogue for secondary characters. The reason I love is obvious, I love that character it draws me into the story. The reason I loathe is that the author rarely writes a stand alone novel for that character and that is disappointing. With all that said my favorite character in the detective series is Twill, McGill's middle child, he is very interesting and I must say that he really surprised me in this latest tale.
The story overall was very good, I must say with each story the nonsense of McGill's life as he is dealing with his cases are getting more and more complex which makes for great story. The downfall to me is that the mystery aspect of the stories are always interesting cases he picks up and also rough but conniving ways of solving the cases makes for great reading but the conclusion and intricacies of solving the cases are sometimes often confusing. But I am looking forward to reading the next!
1.0 out of 5 starsAll I Did Was Shoot My Man (Horrible)
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2019
I really didn't enjoy this book AT ALL. I have read other Walter Mosley books before but this one was I don't know what happen. This is the worse book I have read in a very long time... He had to many characters and he was just all over the place. I had a hard time just trying to keep up and follow him. I will not get another Walter Mosley book any time soon.
Walter Mosley has written some excellent books over the years which have not only covered the crime element but also given a glimpse into the human soul. This novel is another to add to this list.
Leonid McGill is a man with a dark past that while he says he wants to forget it, he can't and probably will never. In this book, he needs to look into a robbery that seemingly was solved years prior by the arrest and imprisonment of Zella, but Leonid planted evidence at the time that led to her conviction when she was innocent. Upon her release from prison, Leonid is there to pick her up and get her life back on track.
Weighed down by guilt, Leonid gets involved in the mystery of who did do the robbery and why they want Zella and him dead.
The crime part of the storyline is fine but like a number of his predecessors in the field, it is the side stories that really make the book. Mosley tells a good story filled with human emotion that makes his work worth reading.
Lots of characters so one needs to try and keep track of them but it is worth it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
Mr. Mosley out does himself one more time. I'm not sure how long he can keep it up but I will if he does. Well written, intense and personal mystery with a self-effacing hero couched in enough chaos to baffle and hidden strength to satisfy. All centered in a family context where each relationship gets its due. Bravo!
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Solid Entry in a Great Detective Series
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2012
I love the Leonid McGill series, where the hard boiled, simile ridden, tough guy, first person P.I. genre is brought so fantastically up to date by Mosley. This latest entry has some excellent developments, like Twill joining the firm (not a spoiler - revealed in the first few pages). He not only joins, he contributes, paving the way for Twill and Leonid to operate as a team in future books. The mystery is okay, the new characters are interesting, and the conclusion is satisfactory. The usual "suspects" make their appearances - Hush, Kit, the wife, the other kids and their significant others, the girlfriend, the boxing trainer etc. Leonid has some enjoyable ass kicking and "pissing contest" scenes, and continues his quest to make amends for his past transgressions. I can't imagine L.M. fans not liking this one. Finally - Mr. Mosley, if you're one of those guys who actually reads these, get to that computer and start working on the next one, you hear?!
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2017
Being a big fan of Walter Mosley I bought this book as an eBook. I was very disappointed with it. First, it needs a lot of editing. I would bet it wasn't edited at all. Second, the story seemed to be disjointed and confused. I did finish the book but several times I was close to putting it down and going on to something better.
5.0 out of 5 starsA compelling and complex New York Detective
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2013
Walter Mosley's creation of Leonid McGill is very powerful, not only because it shows both a more complex side of the African American experience through the life of the detective, as well as a series of complex personal relationships between children and parents and good guys and bad guys. Mosley creates a world full of situations and conditions in varying shades of gray that overlap and twist in a way that explode into a world of good solid entertaining storytelling. Teddy Hayes "author Devil Barnett novels"
5.0 out of 5 starsI'm simply interested in a good story, well written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2017
I came to Walter Mosley by a roundabout route after I had exhausted my favourites. As a foreign fan of modern American crime fiction, I'm simply interested in a good story, well written. Mosley does just that. I've now finished the McGill series and enjoyed this one the most. I can't wait to get into Easy Rawlins; the first is waiting on my tablet. For me, Mosley ranks up with the best I've read in a long life.
Walter Mosley is known as a writer of thrillers but he is much more than this. He is quite simply a great American novelist, there is no one better at portraying the seedy racist underbelly of American society. His novels set in various decades from the 1940,s on seem to reflect the tensions and drama of each decade from a coloured perspective. I do not think that he's latest book "All I Did Was Shoot My Man" is up there with his best work but Mosley at half throttle is better than most at full. Read and go to his back catalogue (try the "Easy Rawlins" books) and read the work of a giant of American literature.