Synopses & Reviews
His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It’s a name that takes a little explaining, but he’s used to it. “Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man’s family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see aboveground is only a hint at the real story.”
Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill’s an old-school P.I. working a city that’s gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by—keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side—mostly because he’s never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, “decided to go from crooked to slightly bent.”
New York City in the twenty-first century is a city full of secrets—and still a place that reacts when you know where to poke and which string to pull. That’s exactly the kind of thing Leonid McGill knows how to do. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be constantly tested.
And we learn that with this protagonist, this city, this time, Mosley has tapped a rich new vein that’s inspiring his best work since the classic Devil in a Blue Dress.
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The Long Fall
is an astounding performance by a master, a searing X-ray of grasping, conspiratorial New York and of the penitent soul of a wily, battle-scarred private-eye. Dark: because it takes us express to the lower depths. Beautiful: because Mosley never leaves us without light. This is, simply, Mosleys best work yet.
“The Long Fall
is an astounding performance by a master, a searing X-ray of grasping, conspiratorial New York and of the penitent soul of a wily, battle-scarred private-eye. Dark: because it takes us express to the lower depths. Beautiful: because Mosley never leaves us without light. This is, simply, Mosley’s best work yet.”—Junot Díaz
“The new man in your life: Leonid McGill, a private investigator and former boxer graced with the rueful wisdom that can come from relentless pummeling – inside the ring and out. . . . The novel’s deepest mystery, embodied by McGill’s unfaithful wife and sweetly criminal stepson: how to keep faith with others, and yourself.”—O magazine
“Having retired Easy Rawlins, Mosley has devised a worthy successor in Leonid McGill.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Fans won’t be disappointed . . . The Long Fall is a well-written twists-and-turns story that runs up to a satisfying conclusion.”—USA Today
“…McGill is someone you can definitely settle down with.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Mosley's taut, rough-edged prose is totally befitting his character. He keeps McGill in proper perspective by pulling back on his intuitive ability, so that the crime does not just solve itself. As a result, the reader quickly becomes immersed in the story line, groping along with the hard-boiled PI as he begins to connect the dots. … the hero's dogged pursuit of the truth in a murder case where he seemingly has little to gain -- other than perhaps his continued freedom -- makes him all the more likable, even for a New Yorker”—The Chicago Sun-Times
“One of his finest novels to date…”—The Boston Globe
“After Easy Rawlins and Paris Minton, Mosley’s best-known creations, McGill is a welcome conundrum. A detective in the classic noir style – cynical, romantic, doomed – who exists not in the 1940s but today’s New York City, this African American boxer with a deceased communist father (hence Leonid) listens to the BBC and practices Buddhist meditation. But don’t get nervous; there is nothing New Age about McGill’s struggle to ‘go from crooked to slightly bent.’ . . . Mosley cinches [the] plots elegantly together . . . We follow eagerly, seduced by Mosley’s laconic style and by a newly arrived hero who seems to have been around forever.”—Washington Post
“Mosley keeps the action fast-paced right to the end….Mosley says he expects to write up to 10 books in the series, and readers of the first will find themselves looking forward to the next one.”—The Associated Press
“…Mosley stirs the pot and concocts a perfect milieu for an engaging new hero and an entertaining new series.”—Publishers Weekly
“…Once you start reading this mystery, you won’t want to stop.”—Library Journal
“The Long Fall is another one of Mosley’s impeccably captivating rides featuring bizarre murders, mafia dealings, the long (and sometimes short) arm of the law and a bunch of other seedy-ass characters. . . As a Walter Mosley fan, but also someone who’s never read a murder mystery, I feel like I got the best of both worlds.”—Fader Magazine
“Mosley juggles each plot thread with skill, bringing each to a believable but suspenseful conclusion.”—The Miami Herald
“Mosley is a genius at character development and in The Long Fall he has created the perfect centerpiece in Leonid McGill…”—Newark Star-Ledger
“In The Long Fall, Easy Rawlins creator Walter Mosley introduces readers to what promises to be another captivating character…”—San Antonio Express-News
“It’s another masterstroke of mystery from a writer who knows how to create suspense at its best.”—Chicagoist.com
Praise for All I Did Was Shoot My Man
“The best [McGill] book yet.”—The Boston Globe
“Like the city he works in, and the Mosley books he inhabits, Leonid McGill is complicated, savvy and full of surprises: a would-be champ who can't win for losing, a fighter who can never be counted out.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A big city never looks the same once you've walked its streets with a hard-boiled private eye. preferably someone as perceptive and thoughtful as Leonid McGill…[He] doesn't so much walk the city as case it for danger. Keeping pace with him is as much an education as an adventure.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Mosley ratchets up the tension with each new installment in his compelling series.”—Star-Ledger
“Walter Mosley has proven over and over again during the past two decades that he is not only one of America’s greatest mystery writers, but is one of America’s greatest writers period—an American literary treasure. And in All I Did Was Shoot My Man…Mosley has given us one of his best works ever. In Leonid McGill, Mosley has created a character Dostoyevsky would have loved. [He] has written a mystery novel that transcends the genre—a private-eye story for the new, uncertain and constantly dangerous century. All I Did Was Shoot My Man is one of the best books of [the year] and you can’t help but root for Leonid McGill. We have much to look forward to with this series. Kudos to Walter Mosley.”—BookReporter.com
“The best in the series to date…complex, satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly
“Exceptional storytelling.”—Library Journal
"Third Rail gets off to a ripping start and never lets off the gas. Rory Flynn is a suspense writer to watch." -- Jess Walter "Third Rail is an adrenaline-soaked tale of political corruption and personal redemption that never lets up. Eddy Harkness, the self-destructive Massachusetts narcotics detective at the novels center, is a worthy successor to Robert B. Parkers Jesse Stone." ---Sean Chercover, author of The Trinity Game
A new mystery series from the author of the classic work "Devil in a Blue Dress" offers a new character, a new city, and a new era.
Zella Grisham never denied shooting her boyfriend. That’s not why she did eight years of hard time on a sixteen-year sentence. It’s that the shooting inadvertently led to charges of grand theft. Talk about bad luck.
Leonid McGill has reasons to believe she’s innocent. But reopening the case is only serving to unsettle McGill’s private life even further—and expose a family secret that’s like a kick to the gut.
As the case unfolds, as the truth of what happened eight years ago becomes more damning and more complex than anyone dreamed, McGill and Zella realize that everyone is guilty of something, and that sometimes the sins of the past can be too damaging to ever forget. Or ever forgive.
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A brand- new mystery series from one of the country?s best-known, best-loved writers: a new character, a new city, a new era. A new Walter Mosley.
The widely praised New York Times bestseller, and Mosley's first new series since his acclaimed Easy Rawlins novels...
Leonid McGill is an ex-boxer and a hard drinker looking to clean up his act. He's an old-school P.I. working a New York City that's gotten a little too fancy all around him. But it's still full of dirty secrets, and as McGill unearths them, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be tested to the limit...
A Boston narcotic detective's search for his lost gun reveals a network of corruption and cover-up that reaches the highest levels of the city in this propulsive debut, first in an exciting new series in the tradition of Dennis Lehane and Robert Parker.
At crime scenes, Eddy Harkness is a human Ouija board, a brilliant young detective with a knack for finding the hidden something
—cash, drugs, guns, bodies. But Eddys swift rise in an elite narcotics unit is derailed by the death of a Red Sox fan in the chaos of a World Series win, a death some camera-phone-wielding witnesses believe he could have prevented. Scapegoated, Eddy is exiled to his hometown just outside Boston, where he empties parking meters and struggles to redeem his disgraced family name.
Then one night Harknesss police-issue Glock disappears. Unable to report the theft, Harkness starts a secret search—just as a string of fatal accidents lead him to uncover a new, dangerous smart drug, Third Rail. With only a plastic disc gun to protect him, Harkness begins a high-stakes investigation that leads him into the darkest corners of the city, where politicians and criminals intertwine to deadly effect.
With a textured sense of place, a nuanced protagonist, and a story that takes off from page one and culminates in a startling finale, Third Rail has all the elements of a breakout mystery success.
About the Author
Walter Mosley is one of America’s most celebrated, beloved, and bestselling writers. His books have been translated into at least twenty-one languages, and have won numerous awards. Born in Los Angeles, Mosley lives in New York City.