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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles: February 1964. Chill winds whisper through the city streets - gusts of racial tension and change. At the heart of the gathering storms is the First Men, a group that some fear wants to whip those winds into a fiery insurrection. Easy Rawlins is working as a high school custodian, caring for his children Jesus and Feather in their cozy West L.A. home, living a life of relative calm. But when Easy's friend John asks for help with his strapping young stepson Brawly Brown, Easy is catapulted back into the restless streets.

John thinks Brawly may be caught up in a dangerous situation. He's right. Brawly has become involved with the First Men. And when Aldridge Brown, Brawly's father, is murdered, Easy soon finds himself again under suspicion by racist cops, again in the company of desperate, dangerous men. Through it all, Easy is guided by the spirit of his old lethal ally and friend Raymond "Mouse" Alexander. Mouse speaks to Easy from beyond the grave, guiding him, cajoling him. And it is something Mouse once said to him that may help Easy save Brawly's life - without costing him his own.
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Critic Reviews

"Mosley's crime novels take their vitality from the racy language and boisterous humanity of his characters, so these neighborhood encounters provide their own joy." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Mosley illuminates time and place with a precision few writers can match." (Publishers Weekly)
"Stands on its own as a powerful human drama and a vividly re-created historical moment." (Booklist)

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Mazing

This book was great !!! Strong suggest listening to it.

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Missing Mouse

I really love the books, this is the first one of the series I've heard on tape...wasn't real keen on the reader's voice. Didn't like the way he did Juice or Primo's voice. A good read though I'm missing Mouse.

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More classic Mosley--without Mouse

It's amazing to me how much Mouse--Raymond Alexander--haunts this novel. There's some odd revision going on---prob'ly only noticeable if, like me, you're listening to the books one right after another.

The narrator, ME Willis, is pretty good. He uses more accents to distinguish between characters, especially the women. It can be a bit jarring, since characters from previous novels (with different narrators) suddenly have these whole other ways of talking. The accent for Primo is lousy---pure Frito Bandito. Plus, I guess I just got hooked on Stanley Bennet Clay's characterization of Mouse and Primo.

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the bonnie shay voice is horrible.

the bonnie shay voice is too deep.
It didn't sound like a woman. Eazy / Bonnie
dialogue was hard to listen to. I know it's not an easy thing to do, but the chapter was hard to listen to. In chapter eleven Jesus speaking with Easy with a chicano accent didn't seem right

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Masterful

Mosley is a great story teller. His words allow you to visualize what he's seeing when he writes.

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Another great Easy Rawlins story. I love the way the characters gel and how the story rolls.

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A Masterpeice

This story is masterpiece; definitely one of my favorite, if not my favorite Easy Rawlins books. I gave the narration 4 stars simply because I felt that the narrators voice for Easy's kids are a little off., but besides that, he was amazing. 5 Stars

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Another Great EZ Rawlins entry

Loved it. Great read . Can't wait for the next one. Walter Mosley Great Again

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This was an interesting story in keeping with a typical Easy Rawlins twist but the performance was little to be desired.

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Great story. The performer was okay.

I loved the story however the ending was anticlimactic and confusing. The performers voices seemed stereotypical.