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Publisher's Summary

Walter Mosley's indelible detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve.

Picking up where Rose Gold left off in LA in the late 1960s, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins finds his life in transition. He's ready to - finally - propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. And he's taken the money he got from the Rose Gold case and has, together with two partners, started a new detective agency. But inevitably a case gets in the way: Easy's friend, Mouse, introduces him to Rufus Tyler, a very old man everyone calls Charcoal Joe. Joe's friend's son, Seymour (young, bright, top of his class at Stanford), has been arrested and charged with the murder of a white man from Redondo Beach. Rufus tells Easy he will pay and pay well to see his nephew exonerated, but seeing as how Seymour was literally found standing over the man's dead body at his cabin home and the racially charged motives behind it, that might prove to be a tall order.

Between his new company, a heart that should be broken but is not, a whole raft of new bad guys on his tail, and a bad odor that surrounds Charcoal Joe, Easy has his hands full, his horizons askew, and a life in shambles on the ground around his feet.

©2016 Walter Mosley (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Michael Boatman is no stranger to Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mystery series. His comfort with the author's style and the title character's swagger make Charcoal Joe a captivating listen.... The author's wit and sarcasm are enhanced by a narration that envelops the listener in 1960s Los Angeles. Both longtime Mosley fans and new ones will take another drive or walk around the block just to listen a little longer." ( AudioFile)

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The best Easy ever!

Being a true Walter Mosley and Easy Rawlings fan isn't easy, but this installment was worth the wait. Can't wait to see what's coming next.

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  • rc woods
  • Atlanta, GA United States
  • 12-17-16

Charcoal Joe is another excellent "Easy Rawlins" tale.

I am a Walter Mosley fan. I especially love this series. This work will certainly satisfy the appetite of anyone who loves the Easy Rawlins stories. The audible narration bring the characters to life and leaps into your ears. Only disappointment is that this one came out in 2016, so now I have to hope that Mr Mosley will write book 15 very soon!

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very entertaining!

i am a fan of walter mosleys so its no surprise that i loved charcoal joe. however this was my first audible novel and michael boatman was very entertaining and captured my attention every minute as he read. he changed his voice and accent as he read the charcter's lines as well as my mind could have imagined if i had been reading the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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convoluted storyline..

I ❤️ walter mosley's works but found this storyline to be a bit too convoluted and difficult to follow.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Boatman

Very good Mosely. Lots of bad guys whom Easy navigates gracefully. Lots of women wanting our detective.
Boatman is the best with Mosely!

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

My "favorite" so far in the series

Exciting plot, rich characters, and a satisfying ending. Highly recommend!!! I'm already debating whether I go next to "Gone Fishin or Bad Boy..." Enjoy!

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great read and great narration

Enjoyed the story and narration immensely. This is the first in the series I've read, so I'm starting the first one, " Devil in a Blue Dress" right now.

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Oh Easy!! Another great mystery to solve.

So much insight into life infused in story as always. Feels like old acquaintances when you read the next Easy Rollins mystery. Have read the all.

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EZ strikes again!

I truly do enjoy the easy Rawlins Mysteries. Mosley is one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint. I also like that he's bringing characters from his other books. It is definitely worth the read.

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Excellent writing, excellent characters, and excellent reading! I love how Mr. Mosley used characters from previous writings.

Mr. Mosley depiction of black men crossing the racial divide while still using their past experiences to navigate friendships, business relationships, love interests, and their love for one another was simply Excellent!