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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Walter Mosley's sizzling new novel pits Easy Rawlins against his greatest challenge ever, a terrifying murder during the Summer of Love. It is the Summer of Love as Cinnamon Kiss opens, and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armored car. It's farther outside the law than Easy has ever traveled, but his daughter, Feather, needs a medical treatment that costs far more than Easy can earn or borrow in time. And his friend Mouse tells him it's a cinch. Then another friend, Saul Lynx, offers a job that might solve Easy's problem without jail time. He has to track the disappearance of an eccentric prominent attorney. His assistant of sorts, the beautiful "Cinnamon" Cargill, is gone as well. Easy can tell there is much more than he is being told; Robert Lee, his new employer, is as suspect as the man who disappeared. But his need overcomes all concerns, and he plunges into unfamiliar territory, from the newfound hippie enclaves to a vicious plot that stretches back to the battlefields of Europe.
©2005 Walter Mosley (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Mystery/Thriller

"As ever, Mosley is able to capture the era, hippies, Watts, communes, in brief strokes that provide a brilliant background to Easy's search for solutions to both a convoluted mystery and complex personal problems." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Scott
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 07-29-06

Easy Rawlins is way cool

Walter Mosley's detective is one likeable and respectable guy. He reminds you occasionally of what it is like to live with racism (hard for some of us to imagine.) His respect for characters with education, intelligence, and class is laudable in an age where our younger generation glorifies "gansta" culture. Knowing the world will not soon be color blind he describes the hues of the skin of every charachter he meets is a detailed and almost reverential way. Each tone, from very dark to very light, is a blessing not a curse.
The story is compelling as Mosely's detective searches the underbellies and skyscapers of the late 1960's LA and San Francisco in a desperate search to earn money to save his daughter's life by solving his case. It is very suspenseful towards the end. (P.S. - I have to except Rawlin's respect for Raymond "mouse" as a "master criminal" because as a private detective you can't realisticly work without underworld connections.) Great narration! The narrator has the cool easy but sensible and respectful tone of Rawlin's character himself.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Mosley does it again

This read has its usual non-stop suspense, colorful characters and intriguing style. Loved it! A great listen.

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Cinnamon Kiss....

Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins series is absolutly one of my favorites and Cinnamon Kiss made me smile, giggle and anticipate each sentence through the very end.

Well done, Mr. Mosley

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One of my favorite books

Definitely one of the best mysteries I've ever read. This book made Walter Mosley my favorite author. Enjoy!

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  • Tracy
  • Suffolk, VA, United States
  • 08-05-17

Why better than I thought.

I love mysteries but I'm more into psychological thrillers, more on the scary, horror side, but i have to say this book was great and keep my interest from start to finish.

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Love it!

True Easy Rawlings! Mostly has done it again. He is a master writer , in my opinion. He seems to weave history, complex characters, and a mystery together with ease, while capturing and holding your attention hostage for the ride. Another one well done.

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"R" Rated Rawlins

A more gritty East Rawlins, but still a good through back detective novel. I look forward to hearing more Easy Rawlins stories.

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Great

What did you love best about Cinnamon Kiss?

Easy's way with women!

What did you like best about this story?

Easy's way of looking past what is on the cover and seeing the real truth.

What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

I Love the way Mr. Boatman tells the story!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

None

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Riveting!

What made the experience of listening to Cinnamon Kiss the most enjoyable?

Amazing!. Love the story line and the narrator. I couldn't stop listening. Michael Boatman is intoxicating.

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

yes

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Possibly The Finest Easy Rawlins Listen

Just finished listening to Cinnamon Kiss, and I believe this is my favorite of the Easy Rawlins novels. It has been such a pleasure to witness through the course of the Easy Rawlins series so much social and cultural history, along with the development of Easy Rawlins and his interesting friends, lovers and loved ones. But this book felt so real and earthy I felt as though I were stretched out on the musky soil of a rich garden, taking in all the heady fragrances of the world at once. I felt that Easy was alive next to me and I was witness to the pain of the decay of his love and the delight of the sprouting of new seeds in his life. A true pleasure. I'll listen to this one again and again.