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4.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 5 4.31 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Paul Winfield Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Three decades ago, the young Socrates Fortlow, in a burst of drunken rage, murdered a man and a woman. Free again, after 27 years of hard time, Fortlow is living in an abandoned building, scavenging bottles and delivering groceries to barely eke out a living.

In each of the stories that comprise this richly brooding novel, Socrates, like his namesake, questions the morality of the world beset with crime, poverty, and racism that surrounds him. His unforgettable presence and his perceptions cast a glow of somber lyricism upon an often harsh world. This is the debut of Walter Mosley's most compelling new character since the introduction of detective Easy Rawlins. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mendel | 2/13/2014

    " Socrates Fortlow is an unforgettable protagonist- I'm reminded of Dennis/Cutty from the Wire and many a character from the great August Wilson "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/10/2014

    " I read this book over 10 years ago and it still stands out in my mind. Socrates Fortlow is a wonderfully complex and humane character. I still remember vividly his experience trying to get a job shortly after his release from prison. Mosley writes very convincingly about the life and struggles of an ex-con and the problems of urban America. This is one of my favorite books. One of these days I'll read it again so I can write a proper review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Smyth | 2/10/2014

    " Socrates Fortlow is a great character. Book is a nice portrayal of the realities of urban working-class African-American life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/7/2014

    " This is a good look at being poor and black and an ex-con in Watts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Guy | 2/5/2014

    " Walter Mosley is a remarkably prolific author, who has a viewpoint on African American life that seems entirely unique. Socrates Fortlow is his greatest creation. He is an ex-con--a murderer--who has resolved to live a good life, but he's no saint and is still quite rough around the edges. Nevertheless, one can't help approving of his choices and the way he does things. I would call this my favorite Mosley book, and it just held up to a second reading. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lil' Grogan | 2/1/2014

    " The stories felt like a wound that's scabbing over. At times, healing is evident, at others threatening to gush blood and expose, and a lot of the time an uncomfortable cover that isn't the right size. A fascinating character study in one man's struggle to live. One of those books that I found hard to put down, but kept wanting to slow down at the same time to think about what was being presented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drea | 1/25/2014

    " It took me a while to really get IN to this book and link with the main character, Socrates. It could very well be because the nature of the story is out of my realm, so to speak. Half way through, however, I was more engaged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kasia | 1/5/2014

    " Absolutely incredible. I was totally blown away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/24/2013

    " Walter Mosley does not disappoint (thanks Gideon) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snarky's | 11/9/2013

    " It was hard for me to make the switch from the Easy Rawlings books to this collection. But I did it. I love this book, but I'll be honest I like Easy Rawlings better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torence | 11/8/2013

    " Moseley at his best. This guy really knows LA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley Hart | 11/2/2013

    " Socrates is a true hero, not in a flashy sense but in accepting life's lessons and giving to others. His is a life of joy and fulfillment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 7/8/2013

    " Fantastic, heartbreaking, humanist writing. The series of short stories start out, about 85% of the time, like most noir would. Then, however, they invariably end up about community, about helping others to live the best they can, and about pride and when to let it go. Such excellent stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 7/5/2013

    " I'm a huge Mosley fan and this beginning to the Socarates Fortlow series as ok. This book was a bit slower and the Fortlow was somewhat more reflective than his other characters. I'll read the next book and see how it goes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/20/2013

    " I love this author. I read "a man in my basement" awhile ago and loved it. He has a wonderful way of writing characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/1/2012

    " Listened to the audio version of this book. The stories are moving and thought provoking, and Paul Winfield is an AMAZING reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max Boeck | 4/29/2012

    " Perhaps Mosely's best piece "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 4/18/2012

    " not a page-turner. it is to be savored. read slowly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HBalikov | 2/23/2012

    " I will add to this review, but it may be one of the most insightful books into a minority's plight in urban America that I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aj | 1/18/2012

    " I sometimes can not get into writings by Walter Mosley, but this is going to be one of my favorite books and characters. Socrates's character has such depth that you want to know more about him. Out of prison and just trying to maintain as a man of color ... we see his lows and celebrate his highs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Stichter | 10/22/2011

    " Not usually a fan of short stories and love a life redeemed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy Murphy | 9/18/2011

    " Always terrific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syco | 7/19/2011

    " Tough and tender, lots of good sentiment. Thanks for the book James. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 6/14/2011

    " The last story in this book of short stories (however, it reads like a novel), made a very good book, great. The title of the book does not do it justice. I am Walter Mosley's new #1 fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 5/31/2011

    " Why did I wait so long to give Walter Mosley a try? This man can write. I enjoyed this book, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed his "Last Days of Ptolemy Gray"; that book I LOVED. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/28/2011

    " This book freaked me out at first, but then I could not put it down. The stories of this unlikely philosopher were complex, real and raw. Great fodder for our book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lore | 12/13/2010

    " I love Walter Mosley and this is the first book of his that I read. He is a wonderful story teller. Socrates Fortlow is a flawed and admirable man. HBO did a credible job of making a film of the book, although Natalie Cole did not play the character that Mosley described in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 10/7/2010

    " This book demonstrates that anything Walter Mosley writes is worth reading, IMO. Mosley has developed some very strong characters, for whom it is difficult not to have empathy and compassion for as they make their way. I read it years after seeing the movie, and both are quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/14/2010

    " This book freaked me out at first, but then I could not put it down. The stories of this unlikely philosopher were complex, real and raw. Great fodder for our book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 8/8/2010

    " Vintage Walter Mosley. Inevitably I find his gritty take-no-prisoners style compelling, and while his stories are disheartening in many ways, he holds my attention and makes me want to pay attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 7/11/2010

    " This review is pretty late. I'm not even sure if the year I read it is correct, but I love Walter Mosley's writing. And if this is a testement, I remembered the main character's name after about four years of reading the book when I forget people's names I've meet recently and see often! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 6/9/2010

    " Fantastic, heartbreaking, humanist writing. The series of short stories start out, about 85% of the time, like most noir would. Then, however, they invariably end up about community, about helping others to live the best they can, and about pride and when to let it go. Such excellent stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yorgos | 5/23/2010

    " Socrates Fortlow is maybe the most human and fascinating character of Mosley's, at least in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/18/2010

    " I learned to look at grubby old men, especially Black ones, with different eyes.

    This book changed me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaLa | 3/21/2010

    " Not as great as The Right Mistake: The Further Philosophical Investigations of Socrates Fortlow, but ok. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins mystery series, including the 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 RL’s 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 was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.