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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.

Review:

"Mournful, insightful, and mystical....Mosley's best work of fiction." Elle

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"Political yet temperate, angry yet subtle, Always Outnumbered is the work of a writer unafraid of pushing forward his own notions of responsibility and entitlement....Always Outnumbered is ultimately the picture of a black community struggling to take on the challenge of finding its own better life..." Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review

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"These are often difficult stories to read; never sentimental, they are finally, one and all, about pain and how we live with it. Perhaps that's why those brief moments when Socrates eases someone else's pain deliver such a powerful sense of catharsis. Hard-hitting, unrelenting, poignant short fiction." Bill Ott, Booklist

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"A wonderful book...[with] characters who seem as real as the reader." Denver Post

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"Mosley has constructed a perfect Socrates for millennium's end — a principled man who finds that the highest meaning of life can be attained through self-knowledge, and who convinces others of the power and value of looking within." San Francisco Chronicle

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"The elemental recurrence of fear and lust and rage are right out of Easy Rawlins, even if Socrates' story exhibits rather than extends Mosley's range." Kirkus Reviews

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Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles. "New York Times" bestselling author Walter Mosley presents his most compelling character since Easy Rawlins in "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned"--soon to be an HBO movie starring Laurence Fishburne.

About the Author

Walter Mosley is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins mysteries, all available from Pocket Books: Devil in a Blue Dress, adapted for the motion picture starring Denzel Washington, A Red Death, White Butterfly, Black Betty, A Little Yellow Dog, and Gone Fishin'. His novel RL's Dream, the story of a dying blues musician and a redemptive friendship on the streets of New York, was hailed as "Mosley's finest achievement" (San Francisco Review of Books). His acclaimed short story collection, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned marks the debut of a compelling new character, streetwise ex-convict Socrates Fortlow.

He is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America, a member of the board of directors of the National Book Awards, and the founder of the PEN American Center's Open Book Committee.

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donc5747, August 14, 2012 (view all comments by donc5747)
Socrates is an ironic hero, trapped in a racist society, a murderer and rapist who has paid his debt to society, and who is dislocated from contemporary society by 28 years in prison paying for his crime. With an intrinsically powerful sense of justice, a sense that even at times condemns himself for his past crimes, he struggles to be good, true, faithful to his friends, a father to a young boy much like himself at that age, independent. He must overcome a world that has brutalized him but has not defeated him. It is a remarkably painful journey. Mosley is superb. This is great book. So is the sequel, Walking the Dog.
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Gabriel Bradley, January 21, 2012 (view all comments by Gabriel Bradley)
This is series of short stories about aging ex-con Socrates Fortlowe. There are so many good things to say about this book. Mosley is a master stylist who writes pitch-perfect dialogue. The characterization in this book is particularly good. For whatever reason, when I read Mosley I find myself meditating on honor - his characters never talk about it, but they always make me think about it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671014995
Author:
Mosley, Walter
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Socrates Fortlow
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 6.125 oz

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Product details 208 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780671014995 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mournful, insightful, and mystical....Mosley's best work of fiction."
"Review" by , "Political yet temperate, angry yet subtle, Always Outnumbered is the work of a writer unafraid of pushing forward his own notions of responsibility and entitlement....Always Outnumbered is ultimately the picture of a black community struggling to take on the challenge of finding its own better life..."
"Review" by , "These are often difficult stories to read; never sentimental, they are finally, one and all, about pain and how we live with it. Perhaps that's why those brief moments when Socrates eases someone else's pain deliver such a powerful sense of catharsis. Hard-hitting, unrelenting, poignant short fiction."
"Review" by , "A wonderful book...[with] characters who seem as real as the reader."
"Review" by , "Mosley has constructed a perfect Socrates for millennium's end — a principled man who finds that the highest meaning of life can be attained through self-knowledge, and who convinces others of the power and value of looking within."
"Review" by , "The elemental recurrence of fear and lust and rage are right out of Easy Rawlins, even if Socrates' story exhibits rather than extends Mosley's range."
"Synopsis" by , Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles. "New York Times" bestselling author Walter Mosley presents his most compelling character since Easy Rawlins in "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned"--soon to be an HBO movie starring Laurence Fishburne.
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