Synopses & Reviews
Living in south central L.A., Socrates Fortlow is a sixty-year-old ex-convict still strong enough to kill men with his bare hands. Filled with profound guilt about his own crimes and disheartened by the chaos of the streets, Socrates calls together local people of all races and social stations and begins to conduct a Thinkers Club, where all can discuss lifes unanswerable questions.
Infiltrated by undercover cops and threatened by strain from within, the Thinkers Club doesnt have it easy. But simply by debating racial authenticity, street justice, and the possibility of mutual understanding, Socrates and his unlikely crew actually begin to make a difference.
The Right Mistake is Walter Mosley at his most incisive. At once an affectionate and coruscating portrait of ghetto life, it abides the possibility of personal redemption and even, with great struggle, social change.
Socrates Fortlow is a 60-year-old ex-convict freed after serving 27 years in prison. Disheartened by the chaos of the streets, he calls together local people of all races to conduct meetings of a Thinkers' Club, where all can discuss the unanswerable questions in life.
About the Author
Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, including national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RLs Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin the Dog. He lives in New York City.