Synopses & Reviews
Devil in a Blue Dress
, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse.
Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.
"A suspenseful novel of human detection more than simply a detective novel....[Mosley is] a talented author with something vital to say about the distance between the black and white worlds, and with a dramatic way to say it." The New York Times
"Richly atmospheric....Devil in a Blue Dress honors the hard-boiled tradition of Hammett/Chandler/Cain in its story line and attitude, but Mosley takes us down some mean streets that his spiritual predecessors never could have.... A fast-moving, entertaining story written with impressive style." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"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
Mosley 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.
Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs...
About the Author
Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, and the novels Blue Light, R.L.'s Dream, Futureland, and Fearless Jones, as well as two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow Walkin' the Dog and Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wold award. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.