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His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL , PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It's a name that takes a little explaining, but he's used to it. "Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man's family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see aboveground is only a hint at the real story."

Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, "decided to go from crooked to slightly bent."

New York City in the twenty-first century is a city full of secrets - and still a place that reacts when you know where to poke and which string to pull. That's exactly the kind of thing Leonid McGill knows how to do. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be constantly tested.

©2009 Walter Mosley; (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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Loved it

Loved the action through out the book. I also loved how the author showed how Lenid McGill has a side of him that has compassion. Even he is a man of the streets of New York City.

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SLOW and Contorted

I love mysteries and police dramas, but this is not for me. The story was convoluted, many bits of the "back story" were tossed around with insufficient explanation, underdeveloped characters, and a VERY SLOW narrator style.

A word about the narrator. He gets an A+ for distinctive voices. Possibly the best ever. BUT he spoke so slowly, leaving large gaps between words and phrases, that I was annoyed throughout. I wanted to give him a 5 for talent and a 1 for style, so I settled on a 4.

All-in-all, not a good choice for me.

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  • Nicole
  • Montgomery, AL, United States
  • 03-31-11

I am N love!

It's been a while since I fell in love with a character. Mr. Leonid McGill is a self persecuted PI that believes he must atone for his past faults, and what woman wouldn't want a man with that much heart to do the right thing? The characters are believable and Mr. Mosley paints a picture so rich with colors and hues that you are drawn into this colorful and dangerous world.
I am on book 3 in less than 3 weeks! This is while working full time and taking 2 online classes.
Leonid come rescue me!

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  • Matthew
  • Mays Landing, NJ, United States
  • 01-26-12

constant back story to do the heavy lifting.

What disappointed you about The Long Fall?

Author seems to rely way too much backstory. He keeps telling you why he's thinking this and why he's doing that and why other people are doing what they are doing. He also inserts way too many characters many of whom are poorly conjured and inconsequential leaving the reader to feel that they haven't kept track of them all. He also makes too many references to race for no apparent reason. Lastly, his analogies and similes are strange and disjointed making the description confusing. I think that there is a good story in there which could have been told in a better way.

Has The Long Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. Mystery and suspense is king. So many fabulous writers in the genre.

Did Mirron Willis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. The narration wasn't really the problem.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Plot itself was okay.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The narrator was ok- his accents were pretty terrible. Story was alright. Not great, but decent.

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Read well. Written even better!

Excellent read! Course it's Walter Mosley. He knows how to get you to care about his characters to the point where you are almost emotionally invested.

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  • Eric
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 05-13-15

Great Urban Detective Drama

Amazing characters, couldn't wait to turn it on again & again. Worth the time, get it.

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  • S. Malley
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 12-15-14


Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Fall to be better than the print version?

Some great writers stand out on the page. Walter Mosley's language sings in the ear as well. And with Mirron Willis giving voice...

What did you like best about this story?

Leonid McGill fills all the tropes of the Noir Detective-- battered, morally compromised, a hard-drinking tough guy with a shady past still trying to do the right thing. This character is as old as Sam Spade and Philip Marlow, and very few writers ever bothered to step out of those great men's shade.
Walter Mosley doesn't just breathe new life into an old character, he gives us a powerful, believable, thoroughly 21st century recreation. McGill's struggles, triumphs and failures, his haunting and unique voice, resonate long after the stories end...

Which character – as performed by Mirron Willis – was your favorite?

McGill. Always McGill.

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  • Brian
  • Saint Louis, MO, United States
  • 05-29-12

Solid read...Outstanding narration

Would you listen to The Long Fall again? Why?

Yes maybe after I finish the other books in the arc! Mosley captures the rhythm of New York and Mirron Willis delivers solid if not outstanding narration. I read a lot of this genre and I really liked this book. I has a solid plot and I loved the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Twill...for the same reasons his dad likes him!

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

This is the first performance I have listened to by Willis. I will look for more

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

I laughed a lot, the dialogue was very good. I cannot say that I was bought to tears.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and went right to "...Evil"

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  • Rosalind
  • Novato, CA, United States
  • 08-27-11

Meet Leonid

Unfamiliar with Mr. Mosley as I am this was a wonderful introduction to his new character Leonid. Character thoroughly enjoyed as well as the cadence of the reader. I'm looking forward to the next installment.