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The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested. Now they need Easy. As he says: "I was worth a precinct full of detectives when the cops needed the word in the ghetto." But Easy turns them down. He's married now, a father -- and his detective days are over. Then a white college coed dies the same brutal death, and the cops put the heat on Easy: If he doesn't help, his best friend is headed for jail. So Easy's back, walking the midnight streets of Watts and the darker, twisted avenues of a cunning killer's mind....
©1994 Walter Mosley (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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honest and open

There was an almost brutal honesty about the people and times of this book that made me whince a few times .. and when it was over I wanted more

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  • Loren
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 06-01-12

Easy is So Smooth

Where does White Butterfly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a fan of Walter Mosley, his stories capture the essence of the time. I read this book out of sequence, but Mosley is an expert at character development. I felt like I was riding in the car with Easy. At times I could feel the heat of Los Angeles and smell the odors of the city.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The love hate relationship Easy has with LAPD gives an interesting spin on the dynamics of the hunt for the killer.

What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

Michael Boatman's performance was right on the money.

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

I stayed up late two nights to listen to the whole book.

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Best of Mosley

I have listened to many Mosley books; this is the best so far. Thanks Walter

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Wonderful story.

Once again I am very impressed with this story and how Walter Moseley held me spellbound. Isn't it so sad that the 1950's is so similar to 2016 had how we as African American people are still fighting the same inequality in the legal system. Mr. Moseley's writing keeps reminding me of how far we still must go to be treated fairly by the legal system.

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The series goes from height to height

Once again, the irreplaceable Michael Boatman makes Mosley's characters jump to life. This is a long, sad tale, with twists on twists that you will not see coming. The best Easy Rawlins story so far, and it's only number three.

In addition to mountains of plot, this book takes us deeper into the life of Easy Rawlins, showing us the kind of man he is, both strong and flawed. He can be exasperating in his weakness and stubbornness, but for a black man in 1950s Los Angeles, caginess was the price if you wanted to survive, let alone get ahead in a hostile world.

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Audio was difficult to follow

I really like EZ but this was almost impossible to follow at times. It is like there was too much detail left out.

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Easy Rawlins and the White Butterfly Did Not Fail

Like most of Walter Mosely’s other books, White Butterfly did not fail. It was a great listen/read. I love to read along with the listen. Michael Boatman has a hypnotic voice that sucks you in and makes you hate to press pause. While seven hours may sound like a lot, it really isn’t. You do not want the story to end. You want to know more of the why’s. My favorite character that never fails is Mouse. He always proves to be the friend we all want on our side and the friend we all secretly fear. Take a listen.

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Never Fails

As always Mr. Mosley delivers. He s my favorite author of all times . Thanks.

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great book!!

vivid descriptions and well thought out plot makes the characters and situations seem so plausible. Mosely gas done it again.

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

Another Satisying audiobook

Please read my other more detailed reviews of the other "Easy Rawlins" audiobooks I've reviewed. Love the narration of Michael Boatman. He floats effortlessly between the different characters and carries you to them seamlessly.

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  • Mike
  • 04-07-13

Another great Easy mystery

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.

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