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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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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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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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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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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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Mr Rawlins

Thank You Thank You, Mr Mosley. Your books always entertain n keep me on my toes. I would take a online master writing class from you!!!

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always a good read

always more complicated then initially indicated, and therefore more satisfying. appreciate the historical background and the authors commentaries.

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This is book 9 of the series and i will say this one is my extra favorite one.

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Finely researched and neatly put together novel

Little Scarlet was a great read. I finished the novel in a day and a half. The story line came together nicely in the end.

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Another good novel with Easy.

I enjoy the novel. Easy keep doing his “ thing” now assuring the police during the riots. I am so glad that I found this series. I only do audiobooks since I listen while I drive and now sometimes I tell my wife when she ask for something “ let me ask easy and my friend Mouse and I’ll get back to you” lol. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

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A great read on any day!

This book kept me captivated from beginning to end. Completely engaging and thought-provoking fictional work full of imaginary and social relevancy.

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  • 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.