Synopses & Reviews
Devil in a Blue Dress honors the tradition of the classic American detective novel by bestowing on it a vivid social canvas and the freshest new voice in crime writing in years, mixing the hard-boiled poetry of Raymond Chandler with the racial realism of Richard Wright to explosive effect.
"Devil in a Blue Dress is a brilliant novel. Period. Mosley's prose is rich, yet taut, and has that special musical cadence that few writers achieve. His psychological insights are on-target without being self-indulgent and never get in the way of a sensationally suspenseful story. I read Devil In a Blue Dress in one sitting and didn't want it to end. An astonishing first novel." Jonathan Kellerman
"Add Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress to your must-read list. Easy Rawlins is cut from Philip Marlowe's cloth, but he goes him one better. Easy takes us places Marlowe wouldn't dare to go. He's at home in this rich and chillingly tough world. The language is smart and funny and addictive. I'm already hungry for the next Easy Rawlins tale, and the one after that." James W. Hall
"I read Devil in a Blue Dress. The year was any time I wanted it to be. I was young and beautiful, with plenty of money, watching and listening as Bill Robinson tapdanced his way into my heart." Maya Angelou
honors the tradition of the classic American detective novel by bestowing on it a vivid social canvas and the freshest new voice in crime writing in years, mixing the hard-boiled poetry of Raymond Chandler with the racial realism of Richard Wright to explosive effect.
It's 1948, and Easy Rawlins is on the trail of a missing woman in South Central L.A.
About the Author
Walter Mosley is the author of four previous mystery novels in the Easy Rawlins series: Devil in a Blue Dress (basis for the acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington), A Red Death, White Butterfly, and Black Betty, a New York Times bestseller. In August 1995 he published his first non-genre novel, RL's Dream, to widespread praise. Mosley is the current president of the Mystery Writers of America, a member of the executive board of the PEN American Center and founder of its Open Book Committee, and is on the board of directors of the National Book Awards. His novels are now published in eighteen countries. He is at work on a book featuring a new character, a philosophical and tough ex-convict named Socrates Fortlow; sections have already appeared in Esquire and GQ. A native of Los Angeles, Mosley lives in New York City.