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Publisher Comments:

Fearless Jones and Paris Minton, stars of the bestsellers Fearless Jones and Fear Itself, return in a high-velocity, larger-than-life thriller about family, betrayal, and revenge.

"I'm in trouble, Paris."

Paris Minton has heard these words before. They mean only one thing: that his neck is on the line too. So when they are uttered by his lowlife cousin Ulysses S. Grant, Paris keeps the door firmly closed. With family like Ulysses — Useless to everyone except his mother — who needs enemies?

But trouble always finds an open window, and when Useless's mother, Three Hearts, shows up from Louisiana to look for her son, Paris has no choice but to track down his wayward cousin.

Finding a con artist like Useless is easier said than done. But with the aid of his ear-to-the-ground friend Fearless Jones, Paris gets a hint that Useless may have expanded his range of enterprise to include blackmail. Now he has disappeared, and Paris's mission is to discover whether he is hiding from his vengeful victims — or already dead.

Traversing the complicated landscape of 1950s Los Angeles, where a wrong look can get a black man killed, Paris and Fearless find desperate women, secret lives, and more than one dead body along the way. Fear of the Dark is filled with the sheer-nerve plotting and brilliant characterizations that prompted the Nation to credit Walter Mosley for "the finest detective oeuvre in American literature."

Review:

"Though the prose is a bit rough in spots, Mosley's third outing for L.A. bookseller Paris Minton and the intrepid Fearless Jones is as entertaining as its predecessors, Fearless Jones and Fear Itself. Trouble comes to Paris's door in the form of his cousin Ulysses 'Useless' S. Grant IV,' who needs help after getting mixed up in a scheme that has gotten totally out of hand. Despite refusing to even let Useless cross his threshold, Paris is drawn, violently, into the fray. Mosley isn't afraid to cast his characters in heroic molds and does so explicitly when Paris recalls Bullfinch's Mythology and muses: 'Fearless was the hero, I was the hero's companion, Useless was the mischievous trickster.' As in any good heroic adventure, Fearless and Paris face a variety of monsters, traps, sirens and other temptations. Mosley's talent for sketching memorable minor characters of every hue ('buttery brown,' 'copper,' 'brick,' 'olive with a hint of lemon') is fully evident, while his reading of the racial temperature of the 1950s is as dead-on as ever. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Walter Mosley is best known for 10 novels starring the private eye Easy Rawlins, but he has another series in progress, also set in Los Angeles and also with a black protagonist, a dangerous character called Fearless Jones. 'Fear of the Dark' is the third of the Jones books. The two series are alike in some regards, but they differ in that the Rawlins novels address American racism in angry, often... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"High-tension plot, comic characterizations, insightful history — it's a three-fer. Mosley is an author who rarely, if ever, disappoints, and the engaging Fear of the Dark is no exception." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Review:

"[T]his series remains an entertaining and insightful look at black life in postwar Southern California." Booklist

Synopsis:

When his cousin Ulysses S. Grant IV comes knocking, Paris Minton would rather keep the door shut, because "Useless" is a snake who brings bad luck wherever he goes. But trouble always finds an open window, and soon there's a man murdered on his bookshop floor, evidence of blackmail is discovered, and Useless has vanished. To get out of this mess, Paris turns to his solid-hearted but quick-fisted friend Fearless Jones. Traversing the complex landscape of 1950s Los Angeles, where a wrong look can get a black man killed, Paris and Fearless find deperate women, secret lives--and more than one dead body.

About the Author

Walter Mosley is the author of the bestselling Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, the novel R.L.'s Dream, and the story collection Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He was born in Los Angeles and has been at various times in his life a potter, a computer programmer, and a poet. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780446617895
Author:
Mosley, Walter
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Booksellers and bookselling
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
Private investigators - California -
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
African American men; Cousins; Blackmail; Thieves
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.81x5.28x.95 in. .37 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though the prose is a bit rough in spots, Mosley's third outing for L.A. bookseller Paris Minton and the intrepid Fearless Jones is as entertaining as its predecessors, Fearless Jones and Fear Itself. Trouble comes to Paris's door in the form of his cousin Ulysses 'Useless' S. Grant IV,' who needs help after getting mixed up in a scheme that has gotten totally out of hand. Despite refusing to even let Useless cross his threshold, Paris is drawn, violently, into the fray. Mosley isn't afraid to cast his characters in heroic molds and does so explicitly when Paris recalls Bullfinch's Mythology and muses: 'Fearless was the hero, I was the hero's companion, Useless was the mischievous trickster.' As in any good heroic adventure, Fearless and Paris face a variety of monsters, traps, sirens and other temptations. Mosley's talent for sketching memorable minor characters of every hue ('buttery brown,' 'copper,' 'brick,' 'olive with a hint of lemon') is fully evident, while his reading of the racial temperature of the 1950s is as dead-on as ever. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "High-tension plot, comic characterizations, insightful history — it's a three-fer. Mosley is an author who rarely, if ever, disappoints, and the engaging Fear of the Dark is no exception."
"Review" by , "[T]his series remains an entertaining and insightful look at black life in postwar Southern California."
"Synopsis" by , When his cousin Ulysses S. Grant IV comes knocking, Paris Minton would rather keep the door shut, because "Useless" is a snake who brings bad luck wherever he goes. But trouble always finds an open window, and soon there's a man murdered on his bookshop floor, evidence of blackmail is discovered, and Useless has vanished. To get out of this mess, Paris turns to his solid-hearted but quick-fisted friend Fearless Jones. Traversing the complex landscape of 1950s Los Angeles, where a wrong look can get a black man killed, Paris and Fearless find deperate women, secret lives--and more than one dead body.
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