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A Red Death

Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story "Silver Lining" (Easy Rawlins Mysteries (Paperback))

By Walter Mosley

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 01 October 2002
It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....

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This is the second novel in Mosley's superb series featuring Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator living in 1950s Los Angeles. (Aug.) In July Norton will publish White Butterfly , a third Mosley mystery starring Rawlins, which received a starred review in PW (Fiction Forecasts, May 4).

Mosley's unique narrative voice ( Devil in a Blue Dress , LJ 6/1/90) reappears in the appealing person of Easy Rawlins, an astute and tough war veteran living in early 1950s Los Angeles. In deep trouble with the IRS for nonpayment of taxes, Easy half-heartedly agrees to spy on a suspected Jewish Communist for an avid FBI agent in return for leverage with the tax man. As before, Mosley's inclusion of life in Watts, contemporary social attitudes, and colloquial speech contribute to the excellence and authenticity of plot and character portrayal. Easy to take.

"Mirabella" "A Red Death" is a straightforward, cleanly nasty treat. The writing is funky and knowing, with a no-fools cast. "Los Angeles Times Book Review"Mosley...is here to stay and not to be missed. "The Indianapolis News"This is a master at work: we would be well advised to seek everything Walter Mosley writes. "Mirabella""A Red Death" is a straightforward, cleanly nasty treat. The writing is funky and knowing, with a no-fools cast. "New York Newsday"The thriller or detective story, raised to a higher level...action, suspense, a well-crafted plot...fast-moving [and] enjoyable. "The Indianapolis News" This is a master at work: we would be well advised to seek everything Walter Mosley writes. "Los Angeles Times Book Review" Mosley...is here to stay and not to be missed. "New York Newsday" The thriller or detective story, raised to a higher level...action, suspense, a well-crafted plot...fast-moving [and] enjoyable. Los Angeles Times Book Review Mosley...is here to stay and not to be missed. Mirabella A Red Death is a straightforward, cleanly nasty treat. The writing is funky and knowing, with a no-fools cast. The Indianapolis News This is a master at work: we would be well advised to seek everything Walter Mosley writes. New York Newsday The thriller or detective story, raised to a higher level...action, suspense, a well-crafted plot...fast-moving [and] enjoyable. "New York Newsday"The thriller or detective story, raised to a higher level...action, suspense, a well-crafted plot...fast-moving [and] enjoyable. "Mirabella""A Red Death" is a straightforward, cleanly nasty treat. The writing is funky and knowing, with a no-fools cast. "The Indianapolis News"This is a master at work: we would be well advised to seek everything Walter Mosley writes. "Los Angeles Times Book Review"Mosley...is here to stay and not to be missed.

EAN: 9780743451765
ISBN: 0743451767
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Dimensions: 20.98 x 13.39 x 2.18 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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