Bad Boy Brawly Brown

An Easy Rawlins Mystery

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759528123

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Easy Rawlins is out of the investigation business and as far away from crime as a black man can be in 1960s Los Angeles. But living around desperate men means life gets complicated sometimes. When an old friend gets in enough trouble to ask for Easy's help, he finds he can't refuse. Young Brawly Brown has traded in his family for The Clan of the First Men, a group rejecting white leadership and laws. Brown's mom asks Easy to make sure her baby's okay, and Easy promises to find him. His first day on the case, Easy comes face-to-face with a corpse, and before he knows it he is a murder suspect and in the middle of a police raid. Brawly Brown is clearly the kind of trouble most folks try to avoid. It takes everything Easy has just to stay alive as he explores a world filled with betrayals and predators like he never imagined.

Six Easy Pieces

Easy Rawlins Stories

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Beyond Words/Atria Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 278

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A collection of six interconnected Easy Rawlins short mysteries includes "Smoke," "Crimson Stain," "Silver Lining," "Lavender," "Gator Green," and "Untitled."

Gone Fishin'

Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story "Smoke"

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743451759

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Nineteen-year-old Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins and his companion, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander, embark on a perilous 1939 odyssey that takes them from Houston to a mysterious bayou world of voodoo, sex, revenge, and death.

Blonde Faith

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780316022903

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Chrismas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that the ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems. The love of his life is marrying another man and his friend Mouse is wanted for the murder of a father of 12. As he's searching for a clue to Christmas Black's whereabouts, two suspicious MPs hire him to find his friend Black on behalf of the U.S. Army. Easy's investigation brings him to Faith Laneer, a blonde woman with a dark past. As Easy begins to put the pieces together, he realizes that Black's dissappearance has its roots in Vietnam, and that Faith might be in a world of danger.

Little Scarlet

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Vision

ISBN: 9780446612715

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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When a man who fled the 1965 Watts riots is suspected of killing a woman in a nearby apartment building, Easy Rawlins begins a murder investigation and learns that the case has sobering racial origins that will result in changes for Easy and the city of Los Angeles. Reprint.

A Little Yellow Dog

Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story "Gr

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451612493

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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November 1963: Easy's settled into a steady gig as a school custodian. It's a quiet, simple existence -- but a few moments of ecstasy with a sexy teacher will change all that. When the lady vanishes, Easy's stuck with a couple of corpses, the cops on his back, and a little yellow dog who's nobody's best friend. With his not-so-simple past snapping at his heels, and with enemies old and new looking to get even, Easy must kiss his careful little life good-bye -- and step closer to the edge....

The Man in My Basement

A Novel

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759508613

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Hailed as a masterpiece-the finest work yet by an American novelist of the first rank-this is the mysterious story of a young black man who agrees to an unusual bargain to save the home that has belonged to his family for generations. The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. The stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to spend the summer in Charles's basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome. But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice. Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very particular requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. At first he resists, but soon he is tempted--tempted to understand a set of codes that has always eluded him, tempted by the opportunity to understand the secret ways of white folks. Charles's summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Walter Mosley pierces long-hidden veins of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature.

African American Mystery Writers

A Historical and Thematic Study

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Author: Frankie Y. Bailey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786452331

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

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The book describes the movement by African American authors from slave narratives and antebellum newspapers into fiction writing, and the subsequent developments of black genre fiction through the present. It analyzes works by modern African American mystery writers, focusing on sleuths, the social locations of crime, victims and offenders, the notion of "doing justice," and the role of African American cultural vernacular in mystery fiction. A final section focuses on readers and reading, examining African American mystery writers' access to the marketplace and the issue of the "double audience" raised by earlier writers.

Devil in a Blue Dress

An Easy Rawlins Novel

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451612486

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse. Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

Inside a Silver Box

A Novel

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466858443

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Walter Mosley's talent knows no bounds. Inside a Silver Box continues to explore the cosmic questions entertainingly discussed in his Crosstown to Oblivion. From life's meaning to the nature of good and evil, Mosley takes readers on a speculative journey beyond reality. In Inside a Silver Box, two people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Cinnamon Kiss

A Novel

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759514331

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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It is the Summer of Love and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armored car. It's farther outside the law than Easy has ever traveled, but his daughter, Feather, needs a medical treatment that costs far more than Easy can earn or borrow in time. And his friend, Mouse, tells him it's a cinch. Then another friend, Saul Lynx, offers him a job that might solve Easy's problem without jail time. He has to track the disappearance of an eccentric, prominent attorney. An assistant, of sorts, the beautiful 'Cinnamon' Cargill is gone as well. Easy can tell there is much more than he is being told...Robert Lee, his new employer, is a suspect in the attorney's disappearance. But his need overcomes all concerns, and he plunges into unfamiliar territory, from the newfound hippie enclaves to a vicious plot that stretches back to the battlefields of Europe. The New York Times said of Mosley's bestseller, Little Scarlet, "Nobody, but nobody, writes this stuff like Mosley."

Finding a Way Home

A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

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Author: Owen Edward Brady,Derek C. Maus

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604733357

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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Essays by Owen E. Brady, Kelly C. Connelly, Juan F. Elices, Keith Hughes, Derek C. Maus, Jerrilyn McGregory, Laura Quinn, Francesca Canad(r) Sautman, Daniel Stein, Lisa B. Thompson, Terrence Tucker, and Albert U. Turner, Jr. In Finding a Way Home, thirteen essays by scholars from four countries trace Walter Mosley's distinctive approach to representing African American responses to the feeling of homelessness in an inhospitable America. Mosley (b. 1952) writes frequently of characters trying to construct an idea of home and wrest a sense of dignity, belonging, and hope from cultural and communal resources. These essays examine Mosley's queries about the meaning of home in various social and historical contexts. Essayists consider the concept--whether it be material, social, cultural, or virtual--in all three of Mosley's detective/crime fiction series ( Easy Rawlins, Socrates Fortlow, and Fearless Jones ), his three books of speculative fiction, two of his literary novels ( RL's Dream, The Man in My Basement ), and in his recent social and political nonfiction. Essays here explore Mosley's modes of expression, his testing of the limitations of genre, his political engagement in prose, his utopian/dystopian analyses, and his uses of parody and vernacular culture. Finding a Way Home provides rich discussions, explaining the development of Mosley's wor

Walter Mosley

A Critical Companion

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Author: Charles E. Wilson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313320224

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Critiques such novels as "Devil in a Blue Dress" and "Bad Boy Brawley Brown," while providing biographical information about the African American author.

Wake to Darkness

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Author: Maggie Shayne

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460322487

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Stranded with a murderer… Rachel de Luca's uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people's most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she'd like to admit. After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance—until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain. As guests disappear from the snowbound resort, the race to find the murderer intensifies. Rachel knows she's a target. Will acknowledging her feelings for Mason destroy her—or save them both and stop a killer?

The Right Mistake

The Further Philosophical Investigations of Socrates Fortlow

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Civitas Books

ISBN: 078672658X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Living in south central L.A., Socrates Fortlow is a sixty-year-old ex-convict still strong enough to kill men with his bare hands. Filled with profound guilt about his own crimes and disheartened by the chaos of the streets, Socrates calls together local people of all races and social stations and begins to conduct a Thinkers' Club, where all can discuss life's unanswerable questions. Infiltrated by undercover cops and threatened by strain from within, the Thinkers' Club doesn't have it easy. But simply by debating racial authenticity, street justice, and the possibility of mutual understanding, Socrates and his unlikely crew actually begin to make a difference. The Right Mistake is Walter Mosley at his most incisive. At once an affectionate and coruscating portrait of ghetto life, it abides the possibility of personal redemption and even, with great struggle, social change.

What Next

A Memoir Toward World Peace

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Black Classic Press

ISBN: 9781574780208

Category: Political Science

Page: 142

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A provocative, deeply personal plan for achieving peace by the author of the Easy Rawlins mystery novels responds the attacks of September 11 and speculates on the kind of peace that is possible in the world in the wake of such violence. 40,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

The Gift of Fire and On the Head of a Pin

Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429985763

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley delivers two speculative tales, in one volume, of everyday people exposed to life-altering truths. The Gift of Fire In ancient mythology, the Titan Prometheus was punished by the gods for bringing man the gift of fire—an event that set humankind on its course of knowledge. As punishment for making man as powerful as gods, Prometheus was bound to a rock; every day his immortal body was devoured by a giant eagle. But in The Gift of Fire, those chains cease to be, and the great champion of man walks from that immortal prison into present-day South Central Los Angeles. On the Head of a Pin Joshua Winterland and Ana Fried are working at Jennings-Tremont Enterprises when they make the most important discovery in the history of this world—or possibly the next. JTE is developing advanced animatronics editing techniques to create high-end movies indistinguishable from live-action. Long dead stars can now share the screen with today's A-list. But one night Joshua and Ana discover something lingering in the rendered footage...an entity that will lead them into a new age beyond the reality they have come to know. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

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Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451612462

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley introduces an "astonishing character" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) in this acclaimed collection of entwined tales. Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles -- and finding the miracle of survival. "I either committed a crime or had a crime done to me every day I was in jail. Once you go to prison you belong there." Socrates Fortlow has done his time: twenty-seven years for murder and rape, acts forged by his huge, rock-breaking hands. Now, he has come home to a new kind of prison: two battered rooms in an abandoned building in Watts. Working for the Bounty supermarket, and moving perilously close to invisibility, it is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning man: young Darryl, whose shaky path is already bloodstained and fearsome. In a place of violence and hopelessness, Socrates offers up his own battle-scarred wisdom that can turn the world around.

Blind Eye

A Benjamin Justice Novel

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Author: John Morgan Wilson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312309213

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Disgraced and stripped of his Pulitzer Prize for having invented sources, HIV-positive journalist Benjamin Justice, struggling to put his life back together, is asked for help in identifying the hit-and-run killer of a columnist, a case involving a decades-old child murder, a controversial cardinal, and elements from his own past. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.