Socrates Fortlow

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 143 ratings

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned Publisher's Summary

Departing from his critically acclaimed Easy Rawlins mysteries, best-selling author Walter Mosley introduces Socrates Fortlow, an ex-con struggling to find his place in the world after 27 years in jail.

Living in an abandoned apartment building in South-Central L.A., Socrates is one step away from the streets. He bags groceries at the supermarket, collects bottles and cans to recycle for pennies, and feels himself slipping toward invisibility - that is, until he meets 11-year-old Darryl, whose already committed murder and is perilously close to slipping into a life filled with only violence and bloodshed. Socrates' determination to fight for and save Darryl lights his own pathway to self-forgiveness.

Lyrically written and deeply moving Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned provides an unflinching look into the hopelessness of poverty-stricken inner city life and into the life of one man who refuses to succumb to the despair around him. Narrator Peter Francis James perfectly captures Socrates' struggle to be a better man.

©1998 Walter Mosley (P)2002 Recorded Books LLC by arrangement with New Millennium Emtertainment, Phoenix Books
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  • Book 1

    • Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

    • By: Walter Mosley
    • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Living in an abandoned apartment building in South-Central L.A., Socrates is one step away from the streets. He bags groceries at the supermarket, collects bottles and cans to recycle for pennies, and feels himself slipping toward invisibility - that is, until he meets 11-year-old Darryl, whose already committed murder and is perilously close to slipping into a life filled with only violence and bloodshed. Socrates' determination to fight for and save Darryl lights his own pathway to self-forgiveness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must read!

    • By Kimberly on 03-09-16

    Regular price: $39.20

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • The Right Mistake

    • By: Walter Mosley
    • Narrated by: Ezra Knight
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    From award-winning author Walter Mosley comes the third work featuring hardened ex-con turned street philosopher Socrates Fortlow. Organizing other troubled individuals, Socrates starts the Thursday Night Thinkers' Meeting, in which members discuss "the world and what would be the right thing to do."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Saving the best for last

    • By Manifesta on 06-06-15

    Regular price: $24.49