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Publisher's Summary

It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....
©2002 Walter Mosley (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Easy Rawlins is also an easy listen.

Would you consider the audio edition of A Red Death to be better than the print version?

Don't know, listened didn't read it, so cannot say which is better. But I liked the narrator's voice in my head better than I like the one in mine.

What did you like best about this story?

Good plot, well written, gets the social divide between ethnicities, the police and the American class structure pretty well - especially for the time period this book is set in.

Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and equally good. I'll be looking for his narrations.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, wish I could have.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book and the Easy Rawlins series!

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love it

love the easy rawlings series..narrator was good too. used it for a road trip and it kept my attention

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Another great book

This is such a wonderful series, I am loving the Easy Rawlins books. This one starts off a lot slower than some of the others but the storytelling is solid.

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Another literary masterpiece

What a great story! The narrator's performance was awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this mystery/saga! Well done!

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Stereotype driven

Disappointing. Common plot. Too much cursing and sex to cover up a thin stormy line

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I Did Not See That Coming

Walter Mosely did it again. Only, I was not sure who the killer was. And I am shocked at Easy’s behavior! I felt like Easy was very reckless this story. He seemed to not care whether he lived or died. I cannot say much without giving it all away. But, Michael Boatman did another fantastic job. He truly brings Easy Rawlins to life. His smooth laidback manner feels infectious and annoying. But you love it either way. He a listen. You are never let down with an Easy Rawlins Mystery.

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Never get enough

Michal Boatman is great narrator! My second time on this book! Rereading this series!....wow🙂

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Oh So Good

Mosley has done it again. He never fails to deliver. Grabs you from word one.

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Entertainment while working

Enjoyed, kept me spellbound and entertained while working. The narrator kept me interested till the very end

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Wonderful and hurtful

I can't wait to see how Easy's life progresses as a man and a parent.

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  • Mike
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Great Story

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.