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Fear Itself: A Fearless Jones Novelby Walter Mosley
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Paris Minton doesn't want any trouble, but in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble finds him, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. When the nephew of the wealthiest woman in L.A. is missing and wanted for murder, she hires Jefferson T. Hill, a former sheriff of Dawson, Texas, to track him down and prove his innocence. When Hill goes missing too, she tricks his friend Fearless Jones and Paris Minton into picking up the case. Paris steps inside the world of the black bourgeoisie. and it turns out to be filled with deceit and corruption. It takes everything he has just to stay alive through a case filled with twists and turns and dead ends like he never imagined.
Written with the voice and vision that have made Walter Mosley one of the most entertaining writers in America, Fear Itself marks the return of a master at the top of his form.
"[A] fittingly Chandleresque tale that features...a consistently taut, poetic tone that reminds you why the best mystery fiction qualifies as art....Connecting all the plot's dots is a dauntingly byzantine endeavor, but Fear's visceral moments are so plentiful that the question of whodunit feels almost irrelevant. (Grade: A-)" Tom Sinclair, Entertainment Weekly
"The author depicts 1950s Los Angeles with his usual unerring accuracy, but a somewhat different dynamic drives his heroes....While Paris possesses a narrative voice that's more literate and middle-class than that of the street-smart Easy, it should still resonate with Mosley's legions of fans." Publishers Weekly
"Fear Itself is infused with Mosley's typical thoughtfulness and telling details, although it's not quite as successful as his previous mysteries....After a slow beginning, the ending just misses being great....Not Mosley's best, but still plenty good." Keir Graff, Booklist
"It is a rare thing for an author to release three books in a year's time and to have each outgun its predecessor....Fearless and Paris make a grand duo who can give Easy and Mouse a run for their money. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough while hoping it never ends. Highly recommended." Library Journal
When her nephew is accused of murder and goes missing, the wealthiest woman in L.A. hires a former Dallas sheriff to track him down and prove his innocence. After the ex-sheriff disappears as well, she tricks Fearless Jones and used bookstore owner Paris Minton into picking up the case.
Written with the voice and vision that have made Mosley one of the most entertaining writers in America, Fear Itself marks the return of a master at the top of his form. Unabridged 6 CDs.
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.
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