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Publisher's Summary

Just after devastating riots tear through Los Angeles in 1965, when anger is high and fear still smolders everywhere, the police turn up at Easy Rawlins' doorstep. He expects the worst, as usual. But they've come to ask for his help.

A man was wrenched from his car by a mob at the riots' peak and escaped into a nearby apartment building. Soon afterward, a redheaded woman known as Little Scarlet was found dead in that building, and the fleeing man is the obvious suspect. But the man has vanished.

The police fear that their presence in certain neighborhoods could spark a new inferno, so they ask Easy Rawlins to see what he can discover. The vanished man is the key, but he is only the beginning. Easy enlists the help of his longtime friend Mouse to break through the shroud. And what Easy finds is a killer whose rage, like that which burned in the city for weeks, is intrinsically woven around deep-set passions, feelings echoed within Easy himself.

Rawlins's hunt for the killer reveals a new city emerging from the ashes, with the promise of a new life for Easy, Mouse, and his old friends Jackson Blue and Jewelle. Mosley's lean and musical vernacular captures the heat and the rhythm of Los Angeles' heart, where danger is the common currency of everyday life. Little Scarlet is further proof that Mosley is "a master of mystery" (New York Times Book Review).

Hear more of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries. And listen to a conversation with Walter Mosley.
©2004 Walter Mosley; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"This is Mosley's best novel to date....Fierce, provocative, expertly entertaining, this is genre writing at its finest." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mosley remains a master at showing his readers slices of history from the inside, from a perspective that is all those things history usually isn't: intimate, individual, and passionate." (Booklist)
"Walter Mosley's latest Easy Rawlins novel serves up both mystery and history....Does a thoughtful, effective job of making that sense of racial outrage pivotal to its murder plot....Mr. Mosley interweaves the main mystery plot with an elaborate skein of his established characters and situations." (The New York Times)

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  • Vincent
  • Oxon Hill, MD, USA
  • 09-14-04

Little Scarlet (Unabridged)

I enjoyed this audio book and found it hard to turn it off.
Easy's supporting cast of characters (with the exception of Mouse) are not very strong but the story is well narrated. I am a long time fan of Mr. Mosley and I think this is one of his best.

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I grew up in Compton and watts during 60s riot

I know all the streets in this book. I love Walter Moslems writing and was blessed to meet him at Tulisoma. he inspires my own writing

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so far

great read one of the best in the rawlins' series so far. to read this vs hearing it id still never put the book down till it was finished

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The Adventure Continues

I love Walter Mosley's creations because he takes me into his world of love/hate; of hide/seek; of life/death and of despair/hope.
I can't wait to get the next case of Easy's

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Mosley delivers it Easy!

Great story. You never see it coming, then when it hits, you're like wow! Super good job

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Hammett-esque

Walter Mosley's style reminds me of Dashiell Hammett's collection of short stories called the Continental Opp. I really enjoyed the audio book.

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Another great EZ Rawlins novel

Set in the aftermath of the Watts riots, this is a fantastic historical mystery that deals with the reality of race relations in 1960s Los Angeles.

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What did you like best about Little Scarlet? What did you like least?

The story, a little slow starting but once it got going pretty good now.

What did you like best about this story?

The reader make you stay with it.

What three words best describe Michael Boatman’s voice?

Interesting, engaging, exciting.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

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  • RoB
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 06-27-10

Excellent rendition

Mosley is a grand wordsmith whose words are utilitarian so as not to be too flamboyant, and yet he remains poetic and is able to invoke realism and authentic music to his characters.

Boatman is a perfect choice for putting a voice to Easy...he moves seamlessly from old man to young woman, black hospital patient to white policeman. Kudos.

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  • Mike
  • 04-07-13

Anothe good story aboy Easy Rawlings

I started reading Walter Mosley because John Grisham mentioned the author in the Racketeer. I have found this and other Walter Mosley books about Easy Rawlings very interesting. They have provided me with new insights of a culture very different to 21st century England. I particularly like the development of the character Easy. However, my favorite is Mouse, who I probably would not want to meet in person but always provides color to the stories.