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Devil in a Blue Dress Audiobook

Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

Hear more of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries.

©2002 Walter Mosley; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Mystery and Suspense, 2010
  • Top 100 Mysteries of All Time (Mystery Writers of America)
  • 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century (Independent Mystery Booksellers Assn.)

"Richly atmospheric....Devil in a Blue Dress honors the hard-boiled tradition of Hammett/Chandler/Cain in its story line and attitude, but Mosley takes us down some mean streets that his spiritual predecessors never could have.... A fast-moving, entertaining story written with impressive style." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

"Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins, a young, tough black veteran living in 1948 Los Angeles, only wants respect and enough money to pay his mortgage. When fired from his factory job, however, he undertakes some paid errands for a shady white mobster who wishes to locate a light-haired, blue-eyed beauty. As Easy plumbs his usual hangouts for clues, he relays information to the mobster, runs afoul of the police, meets the mysterious woman, discovers a murder, then investigates in self-defense. An unusually refreshing protagonist...talented prose, and evocative, realistic descriptions of speech, manners, and social life make this an exceptional and welcome addition." (Library Journal)

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    Robert Houston, TX, United States 03-02-13
    Robert Houston, TX, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance of an entertaining story"

    Mosley grabs you from the opening lines painting a vivid picture of post-war LA as seen by Easy Rawlins his unwilling private investigator. It's a fun ride and Boatman's steady narration is a pleasure to listen to.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Frank MN 12-29-10
    Frank MN 12-29-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful!"

    I thought the story, the writing and the reader were brilliant. I very much enjoyed the story.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn 07-24-17
    Robyn 07-24-17
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    "Kept me interested to the end"

    Really good book; kept me wondering and wanting to know what is going to happen. I would read another one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    another know it all North Carolina 06-29-17
    another know it all North Carolina 06-29-17 Member Since 2010

    50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.

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    "good"

    I like it but can't say why. I think easy is just a likeable character, easy to root for. I would read another book in the series but not for full price.

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    Amazon Customer 06-28-17
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    ""Easy" to follow..."

    "Easy" to follow, great story-line, exceptional historical descriptions of black people, places and things. Thanks!

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    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 06-24-17
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 06-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted to like it, but it Wasn't for me."

    It was basic Noir with a black protagonist. That's it.
    I was hoping for something a lot more visceral, I didn't get it.
    It was like overhearing a he said, she said story in a crowded bar and you're happy it's crowded so that there are other things to occupy your attention.

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    J.B. 06-22-17
    J.B. 06-22-17

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "Easy Does It; and Does It with Panache"

    Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, written by: Walter Mosley, and narrated by: Michael Boatman. This is the progenitor book in the “Easy” Rawlins, detective series. Easy a World War II veteran, who saw dramatic action in the retaking of Europe. He loses his job, but gets hired by a financier and gangster to locate Daphne Monet, the devilish woman, who throughout the novel is noted for wearing blue and looking just so very perfect. She has a unique ability to move men but has no true commitment to anyone.

    Easy is not attuned to what the job of a private detective takes but as the story unfolds, and out the need to stay alive while so many around him are being murdered, we see his innate intelligence come out and watch him create maneuvers to solve the investigation’s issues.

    The story has yet another unique perspective. Easy is black (in the late 1940s that would have been stated otherwise) and we watch him battle all the degradations that were available to be put upon a negro in the late 1940s. This period coincides with Jackie Robinson’s entrance into baseball. If you do not understand what our African American co-citizens have suffered (and continue to suffer), and do not believe they are burdened with wrongs to their humanity, then this book is a necessary read. In some ways, it echoed the same hurts suffered in the Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison.

    The cast of characters are unique, bizarre, intriguing and perplexing. Yet, all are of interest. The reading was just fine.

    This is a story noir. Plain and simple. Does it accomplish the genre’s elements of cynical attitudes and sexual motivations? Yes, and its does it perfectly. It short, captivating, educational and fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie W. Stewart III 06-16-17 Member Since 2015

    Personal development with American and global history and its' impact or contribution to "Our Peculiar Institute".

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    "Killing time"

    Good story but runs flat. throughout. This was good for filling time as a breaker to more rigorous reading.

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    debbye scroggins 06-10-17

    Love, love, love audio books. They are practically my sole form of entertainment. Have been a fan for nearly two decades. Love them!

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    "Fabulous!"
    Where does Devil in a Blue Dress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among the top.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It certainly did. There were several twists and turns that were unexpected yet made perfect sense. Only a master craftsman can do this well...Walter Mosley is just that.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes...I loved this book so much that I had to get the next in the series. Michael Boatman is phenomenal in both. He really brings the story to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The plight of the characters and the racism that the book plunges the readers into. I know racism was, is and will continue to be a massive problem in society. As an outsider to the situation, I am aware of it, but this book really makes you empathize deeply with the characters facing the engrained societal prejudice. <br/><br/>


    Any additional comments?

    I mentioned that Walter Mosley is a master craftsman earlier. Let me reiterate that. Not only did he develop an intense plot, he developed intense characters who spring to life in the pages. Well done Mr. Mosley.

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    Brittany C 06-06-17
    Brittany C 06-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Didn't love - didn't hate"

    It wasn't a bad listen. Something to pass the time. Would only purchase on sale.

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  • John Warwick
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    "Brilliant book"
    Where does Devil in a Blue Dress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Never read any Walter Mosley books,this is a brilliant book,Rally,Really.Really enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Characters,the Story Line the Whole feeling of the book,a different insight to a different style of life.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Michael Boatman make the book really come to life,Very good Narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I read this book over a couple of days,its one of them books you don't want to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    just really brilliant book,i would recommend this to anybody.

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  • halex
    7/25/15
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    "Recommended. well read."
    If you could sum up Devil in a Blue Dress in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Evocative. Exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Evokes the time and location very effectively. You feel like you are walking around solving the mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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