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Publisher's Summary

Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend, Christmas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon.

But Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems. The love of his life is marrying another man, and his friend Mouse is wanted for the murder of a father of 12. As he's searching for a clue to Christmas Black's whereabouts, two suspicious MPs hire him to find his friend Black on behalf of the U.S. Army.

Easy's investigation brings him to a blonde woman, Faith Laneer, whose past is as dark as her beauty is bright. As Easy begins to put the pieces together, he realizes that Black's disappearance has its roots in Vietnam, and that Faith might be in a world of danger.

Solve more tough cases with Easy Rawlins.
©2007 Walter Mosley (P)2007 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mosley knows his territory as intimately as a lover knows his beloved, and Easy's tortuous progression from man-child to man may have reached its climax in this searing and moving novel." ( Publishers Weekly)

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    3 out of 5 stars

Good but not great

Good book not one of the best in the series but still very good. I dislike these dramatic endings he writes only to retcon them in the next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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GREAT

Easy Rawlings is my favorite series. This book ended in a real cliffhanger. Hurry, I can hardly wait for the next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sham
  • IRVINE, US, Canada
  • 02-04-12

Say its not so

I give this a better review than the others. I have gotton to feel I know Easy thru the years and the view of a black man makes it all the more interesting. This series is an easy read and fun to just go with the flow of the characters and events.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Mosely phones it in

Disappointing conclusion to a great series. A so so story, and poor Easy's become conflicted to the point of absurdity. I loved the other books and the narrator is great. If it wasn't a relatively short audio book I would have given in to my instinct to delete it part way through.

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New Easy Fan

I enjoyed this book. I read Devil in the Blue Dress and Black Betty years ago and always wanted to read another. I'm not sure if this book was better than the other 2 but I'm older now and can say the situation and characters kept me wanting more. I'm truly an Easy fan. His rawness drew me in. I will definitely read more of his series although, probably not in order. The narrator, Michael Boatman, was perfect for this book.

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  • Xavier
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 07-14-17

Loved it

Series continues to more than satisfy. Michael Boatman is my preferred narrator of this series. I listened to this novel 3 times before giving it a 5 rating. Enjoy!

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Best Easy Rawlins book I have read!

Loved it. Best moment was the incident which occurred at Jewell's vacant property. Must read.

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What the what!

This book was awesome. Walter Mosley has doine it again. I was holding my breathe, breathing hard, and praying for intervention. The new additions and new dimensions to existing characters is wonderfully well written and unexpected. Super, super job.

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What happened to Easy Rawlins?

I've got to listen to the next audio book to find out what happens to our protagonist.

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  • Ransford
  • ROSEVILLE, CA, United States
  • 02-19-15

another great story Walter Mosley

loved the story and another great read by Michael Boatman. Michael truly puts you into the story with his oratory skills