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It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....
©2002 Walter Mosley (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Easy Rawlins is also an easy listen.

Would you consider the audio edition of A Red Death to be better than the print version?

Don't know, listened didn't read it, so cannot say which is better. But I liked the narrator's voice in my head better than I like the one in mine.

What did you like best about this story?

Good plot, well written, gets the social divide between ethnicities, the police and the American class structure pretty well - especially for the time period this book is set in.

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

Yes and equally good. I'll be looking for his narrations.

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

Yes, wish I could have.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book and the Easy Rawlins series!

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Entertainment while working

Enjoyed, kept me spellbound and entertained while working. The narrator kept me interested till the very end

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Wonderful and hurtful

I can't wait to see how Easy's life progresses as a man and a parent.

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  • Xavier
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 05-05-17

Loving this series

Reminds me of my early life in Chicago growing up in the 50's and 60's. Since living in LA from the 1970's through 2017, I am familiar with all the locations as well as the nature of the characters. I am loving every hour of listening pleasure. Read my extended review on the 'Easy Rawlins' series as detailed in my review of "Devil in a Blue Dress".

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good book

overall a good story a little quick on the wrap up but that is Walter mostly for you the reading is excellent one of my favorite readers

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Smooth

Very well paced. The story was like I was a friend listening to what was going on in the neighborhood. The narrator is very good. I can listen to him all day. I also love the fact that the story takes place in the 50's. I wonder when Hollywood is going to make another Easy Rawlins movie. Long overdue.

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Fantastic story and performance!!

Michael Boatman brings this complex mystery to life with amazing depth. His voices for different characters are distinct and nuanced. The story was intriguing and I hated anytime that I had to pause the story! Great book!

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Tells of Southcentral

Another good Easy Rawlings tell, can't wait to hear the next story in the series.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 03-20-16

Not as good

As devil but still an enjoyable listen. Ez comes across as a bit more unsympathetic

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EZ Rawlins is a......

Excellent- Excellent - excellent

Great series - Great Book - Great Story
I really enjoyed this. I will be reading the entire series

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  • Mike
  • 04-07-13

Great Story

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.