The Long Fall

Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Series: Leonid McGill, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (509 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Not as good as Easy Rawlins

I'm a fan of Walter Mosley and his Easy Rawlins novels, so I was looking forward to a new character in a new mystery......Not as good, in my opinion. Good but not great - I just didn't feel as interested in Leonid McGill.

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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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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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Perfect

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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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.

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Love WM!

nuanced. you must pay attention. this is not mindless listening. so captivating that you'll walk 5 miles without even realizing it!

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Great narrator and I love the suspense.

Many times I saw what the written word could be limited in reflecting. I love the narrative aspect did.

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great story - one of my favorite series' to read/listen to. i really enjoy the narrator too.

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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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Mosley at his best

Compelling interwoven threads of stories coming together around LT. All the characters are very fully developed and when he goes down at tangent to fill in depth of a character you’re never sorry you heard it. The description of the inner workings of the main character are so solid and well described that sometimes it feels like you’re in his shoes. Super listening to this book.