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Cinnamon Kiss: A Novel (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)by Walter Mosley
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New York Times bestseller Walter Mosley's sizzling new novel pits Easy Rawlins against his greatest challenge ever — a terrifying murder during the Summer of Love.
It is the Summer of Love as Cinnamon Kiss opens, 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 a job that might solve Easy's problem without jail time. He has to track the disappearance of an eccentric prominent attorney. His 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 as suspect as the man who disappeared. 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.
"As shown in the superb 10th entry in Mosley's Easy Rawlins series (Devil in a Blue Dress, etc.), Easy's progress is never smooth and his achievements (responsible job, son and daughter both flowering, loving woman in his house, friends and even a grudging respect from local authorities) always fragile. Now, at the height of the Vietnam War era, it all threatens to collapse. Daughter Feather's mysterious illness is the proximate cause, and only an expensive Swiss clinic offers hope. Needing the nearly impossible sum of $35,000, Easy considers assisting his dangerous pal, Raymond 'Mouse' Alexander, with a robbery. But he decides instead to try his luck on a missing persons job brokered by white friend and PI Saul Lynx. Easy leaves Los Angeles for San Francisco, where his new employer puts him on the trail of a wealthy and eccentric lawyer and the lawyer's exotic lover, a girl known as Cinnamon, who have disappeared. As ever, Mosley is able to capture the era — hippies, Watts, communes — in brief strokes that provide a brilliant background to Easy's search for solutions to both a convoluted mystery and complex personal problems. Agent, Gloria Loomis. 10-city author tour. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Even with its 'where did that come from' resolution, Cinnamon convincingly wraps a mystery within the larger context of history and race in Los Angeles. Mosley could probably take an elderly Easy into the Rodney King era with no problem at all. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly
"This time the historical moment is less vivid...but the human drama is more highly charged than ever....Like the best crime series, the Rawlins novels continue to evolve in surprising ways." Booklist
"Lacks the searing intensity of Little Scarlet, but still as rich and tightly wound as you'd expect from Mosley." Kirkus Reviews
"Mosley has fun introducing Easy to hippies and the 'summer of love,' but Cinnamon Kiss lacks the moral heft of last year's searing Little Scarlet. Even when he's not at his best, though, Mosley is still better than most. (Grade: B)" Christian Science Monitor
"Reading Mosley's latest, the fast-paced, delightful thriller Cinnamon Kiss, is like treading on the edge of noir parody and giggling along the way." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram
"Anyone can write a decent detective story, but Mosley is a cunning storyteller....With Cinnamon Kiss, he once again proves that he may sooner run out of color-coded titles than gripping stories to tell in this deservedly acclaimed series." Boston Globe
"The good guys win, the ending is bittersweet, and Mosley sets up a sequel. It's interesting to absorb the changes as Easy ages along with the times. Here, however, the distractions...get in the way of his development." San Francisco Chronicle
"Any new Walter Mosley book is a reason to celebrate. Cinnamon Kiss...shows why. It's not just a heck of a mystery story, it's also an exploration of themes and ideas worthy of any novel....With every book Mosley gets better, and Cinnamon Kiss is one of his best." Detroit Free Press
The New York Times bestselling author's sizzling new novel pits Easy Rawlins against his greatest challenge ever — a terrifying murder during the Summer of Love.
About the Author
Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, the Fearless Jones novels, and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow. He lives in New York.
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