• Little Scarlet

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (541 ratings)

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Little Scarlet

By: Walter Mosley
Narrated by: Michael Boatman
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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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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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