• Bad Boy Brawly Brown

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: M. E. Willis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (379 ratings)

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By: Walter Mosley
Narrated by: M. E. Willis
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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.

Hear more of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries.
©2002 Walter Mosley

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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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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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.

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Narration a bit over the top at times

I thought the storyline was pretty good but not sure why Easy keeps getting himself arrested over and over and OVER again but still continues to take these detective jobs. The narrator is a nice rich baritone but his interpretation of all the "ethnic" voices (i.e. Black, Latin, Asian) were extremely exaggerated, esp Jesus and Feather.

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Excellent storyline

This was a good plot but found myself having to backtrack to follow some of the characters and their roles in the story. I agree with another review in regard to narration. His version of Easy was pretty good. and that of john and Brawley but i didnt at all care for his characterization of any of the female characters or Primo. Bonnie Shays voice was too overly accented and wooden. I read all of Mr. Mosleys stories and much prefer Michael Boatmans narration.

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Fantastic

The book was awesome.
Walter Mosley keeps you in the edge of your seat. Very well done

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Not so much a mystery but still strait

This Easy Raslin's book in the series isn't so much a mystery but it is a decent listen.