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A Red Death: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....

Review:

"Who pulled the trigger on Wenzler and the others? As in Devil in a Blue Dress, Mosley's plot is so tangled it hardly matters. But the laconic poetry of Easy's voice floats through a central situation much more original and compelling than before. This time Mosley earns the acclaim his first novel received." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A Red Death confirms just how ambitious Mosley's acclaimed Easy Rawlins series means to be. The tale presents a social history of black life in Watts over the course of several decades via the conventions of the hard-boiled private eye novel....Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Beneath the conventional and trite mystery plot lies a subtext in which the author exhibits the sinewy moral intellect of Baldwin at his best. Mosley is a social critic posing as a mystery writer, much as his character, Easy, is a landlord posing as a maintenance man. Mystery fans may find A Red Death to be a bit disappointing; students of the human condition will find it an absorbing read." San Francisco Review of Books

Review:

"Fascinating and vividly rendered...exotic and believable, filled with memorable individuals and morally complex situations." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"No other American writer...has successfully managed to mold the detective form into a historical serial of this sort, and one can only admire the fision behind the adventure." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Mosley's skills are, in a word, prodigious." Detroit News/Free Press

Review:

"In Mosley's noir-like 1950s Los Angeles, the necessity of work, any work, and the insidious intersection of politics and race run fierce and familiar. Like Carl Franklin's transcendent B-movie One False Move, this narrative shoves pulp tropes through a scrim of color and prejudice, resuscitating a weary form in the process." Voice Literary Supplement

Review:

"The thriller or detective story, raised to a higher level...action, suspense, a well-crafted plot...fast-moving [and] enjoyable." New York Newsday

Review:

"This is a master at work: we would be well advised to seek everything Walter Mosley writes." The Indianapolis News

Review:

"A Red Death is a straightforward, cleanly nasty treat. The writing is funky and knowing, with a no-fools cast." Mirabella

Review:

"Mosley...is here to stay and not to be missed." Los Angeles Times Book Review

About the Author

Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series, the novels Bad Boy Brawly Brown, Fearless Jones, Blue Light, and RL's Dream, and a collection of stories, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award.

He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743451765
Author:
Mosley, Walter
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Los angeles
Subject:
Rawlins, Easy
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Easy Rawlins Mysteries
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 9.135 oz

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Product details 320 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743451765 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Who pulled the trigger on Wenzler and the others? As in Devil in a Blue Dress, Mosley's plot is so tangled it hardly matters. But the laconic poetry of Easy's voice floats through a central situation much more original and compelling than before. This time Mosley earns the acclaim his first novel received."
"Review" by , "A Red Death confirms just how ambitious Mosley's acclaimed Easy Rawlins series means to be. The tale presents a social history of black life in Watts over the course of several decades via the conventions of the hard-boiled private eye novel....Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Beneath the conventional and trite mystery plot lies a subtext in which the author exhibits the sinewy moral intellect of Baldwin at his best. Mosley is a social critic posing as a mystery writer, much as his character, Easy, is a landlord posing as a maintenance man. Mystery fans may find A Red Death to be a bit disappointing; students of the human condition will find it an absorbing read."
"Review" by , "Fascinating and vividly rendered...exotic and believable, filled with memorable individuals and morally complex situations."
"Review" by , "No other American writer...has successfully managed to mold the detective form into a historical serial of this sort, and one can only admire the fision behind the adventure."
"Review" by , "Mosley's skills are, in a word, prodigious."
"Review" by , "In Mosley's noir-like 1950s Los Angeles, the necessity of work, any work, and the insidious intersection of politics and race run fierce and familiar. Like Carl Franklin's transcendent B-movie One False Move, this narrative shoves pulp tropes through a scrim of color and prejudice, resuscitating a weary form in the process."
"Review" by , "The thriller or detective story, raised to a higher level...action, suspense, a well-crafted plot...fast-moving [and] enjoyable."
"Review" by , "This is a master at work: we would be well advised to seek everything Walter Mosley writes."
"Review" by , "A Red Death is a straightforward, cleanly nasty treat. The writing is funky and knowing, with a no-fools cast."
"Review" by , "Mosley...is here to stay and not to be missed."
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