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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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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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I love this series. The action and it is well written. The narrator is special. He makes me feel like I'm living this story with him.

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A great read ( Listen)

I throughly enjoy books by this author he is a excellent writer also seem to hold your attention.

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a classic noir

the twists and turns were excellent. Walter Mosley was showing off with this one for sure.

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Love this narrator

Easy Rollins books are so good. If you don’t mind adult content. The descriptions are vivid and sound like poetry. The narrator is one of my favorites. I never get bored listening to these but gotta turn them off when the kids are around!

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Outstanding

I just love this series... I’ve got a sneaker for Easy. All the characters come to life with spare and adequate attention... on to the next one!

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  • 07-16-21

superb

another great tale from a world ill never know. beautifully read. Walter is fast becoming my favourite

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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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