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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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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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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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Very good

I love Easy Rawlins. This is a book that comes to life. I enjoy the author and the narrator. I can't wait to finish this series. So good..

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Excellent mystery! Excellent reading!

_A Red Death_ by Walter Mosely receives four stars from me. The mystery is excellent, lots of strings that need to be unraveled.

What I liked about the first Easy Rawlins mystery is still here in this one. However, I felt that there is more focus on the mystery this time. It’s a tangled web he weaves, and the payoff is good. But this is kind of slow starter. Mosely takes time to set all the parts of the web up and then. Once the crime starts, the action picks up and Easy must figure out what is at the bottom of it.

The reader is Michael Boatman, who read the first novel as well. He’s still excellent. Honestly, he’s fantastic. His white voices are excellent. He picks good voices for the characters too. He brings the book to life.

Recommended: yes

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Eazzzzy

Easy Rawlings n Walter Mosley have done it again!!!! Or I should say the other way around. Mr Mosley keeps me intrigued and from the first word to the last.
If Eazzy were real I would try n make him my lover. Ummmummm ummm

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awesome

loved it. lots of historical facts. romance /love captivating until the end. kept the reader engaged throughout the book

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Good 1950's mystery in ethnic dialogue performed.

Loved the story. Many twists and turns with an ending I couldn't guess.yea, yea, yea.

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Captivating

I always enjoy a Walter Mosley novel. He describes each person so that you believe you know them. Michael Boatman brings EZ to life.

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Gripping and well done!!

Walter Mosley out did himself with Red Death. The perfect mixture of suspense and drama in a period type Afro Centric "Who Done it"!!! If you were not completely enthralled with the adventures of Easy Rawlings and his unique castt of Friends than you will be after reading "Red Death"!

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I love it!

Great book great plot twist I really thought it was Mofast. I enjoy all Easy series

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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.

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