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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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  • Catriona
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 10-07-05

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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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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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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Okay, but I miss Mouse with Easy a d the way things use to be. Probably won't go further.

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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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Loved the story and the narration!!

Another marvelous tome by the great author Mr. Walter Mosley!! Thank you for sharing this story!!


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Easy gone queasy

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sure. It's still a good mystery read and a story told from an off the mainstream point of view.

Would you ever listen to anything by Walter Mosley again?

Yes.

Did M. E. Willis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I didn't particularly care for some of the dialect used, but overall it was professionally acquitted.

Could you see Bad Boy Brawly Brown being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Only if Denzel Washington could be persuaded to reprise the lead role in a story that is not nearly as strong as his role in

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  • Sharyn
  • Hazen, AR, United States
  • 08-04-11

good book great easy

Another good book by Mr. Mosley. His characters are great, interaction wonderful make the characters come to life. The narrator was fine to me. Easy is a good guy but not too
good. Mouse and Easy are very unlikely friends but they help each other with no questions.
Worth the read.

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  • Karen
  • Madison, AL, United States
  • 07-29-12

Disappointing

What would have made Bad Boy Brawly Brown better?

The should have been depth of characters and story line. Since the story line and characters were not fully developed it seemed very unrealistic that he would put himself, family, friends and job for a friend's stepson that he didn't have all that strong of a connection. Payment for almost dying, breaking the law, witnessing several murders and hurting both men and women is a dinner.

What could Walter Mosley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The characters were unrealistic and superficial. Women are portrayed as vixens and objects. Left me wondering what kind of women influenced the author. As an African American woman who grew up in Los Angeles, I thought I could make some connection with the characters. Unfortunately, I felt no connection to the characters. By the end, I didn't really care what happened to Brawly.

What about M. E. Willis’s performance did you like?

Narrator did an excellent job reading this novel.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bad Boy Brawly Brown?

Throughout this book, the author refers to Mouse who is assumed dead. He never surfaces but is constantly mentioned and never seems to really add to the plot. Further development of this part should have been made.

Any additional comments?

Save your credit on this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful