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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: M. E. Willis Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2002 ISBN:
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Los Angeles: February 1964. Chill winds whisper through the city streets - gusts of racial tension and change. At the heart of the gathering storms is the First Men, a group that some fear wants to whip those winds into a fiery insurrection. Easy Rawlins is working as a high school custodian, caring for his children Jesus and Feather in their cozy West L.A. home, living a life of relative calm. But when Easy's friend John asks for help with his strapping young stepson Brawly Brown, Easy is catapulted back into the restless streets.

John thinks Brawly may be caught up in a dangerous situation. He's right. Brawly has become involved with the First Men. And when Aldridge Brown, Brawly's father, is murdered, Easy soon finds himself again under suspicion by racist cops, again in the company of desperate, dangerous men. Through it all, Easy is guided by the spirit of his old lethal ally and friend Raymond Mouse Alexander. Mouse speaks to Easy from beyond the grave, guiding him, cajoling him. And it is something Mouse once said to him that may help Easy save Brawly's life - without costing him his own.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 2/16/2014

    " The basic story line is good but I feel like the author went too far (which became annoying) in getting across that the characters are mostly black. I don't think all the slang was necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/10/2014

    " Took a long time to get started. I found the book OK. It's the middle of a series, so a lot of oblique references to include plots of previous books. Rarely do I read a book about 1960s black LA, so that was somewhat educational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murvin | 2/6/2014

    " Brawly Brown is a good character that while reading I thought it had the potential to be another series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 2/2/2014

    " I always impressed my Walter Mosley's ability to write about the repercussions of oppression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/24/2014

    " I love Easy Rawlins mysteries. Walter Mosley writes with alacrity. His stories really move. He peoples his books with colorful characters, complex plotting and a likeable, well-defined protagonist, Easy Rawlins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/12/2014

    " This is the first book I've read in the "Easy Rawlins" series of detective novels. I heard Mosely speak once in a panel discussion of the legacy of Raymond Chandler, and since then I've been looking for an opportunity to read his stuff. Chandler wrote novels about corruption, about institutions that you expect to be stalwart and only gradually find out are corrupt to the core. In Mosely's books, the corruption is taken for granted up front. This is a book about relationships, about the ad-hoc institutions and problem-solving methods people put together by themselves when they KNOW the legitimate system is crooked. Easy Rawlins isn't a paid detective; he's a problem-solver doing a favor for a friend. This puts a fresh new face on the detective genre. I've never read the first Rawlins book, Devil in a Blue Dress, but I think that I'll be looking for a copy soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/3/2014

    " Moseley - what can I add! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/2/2014

    " Easy Rowlins made rollin' around town much more entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Cheetham | 12/27/2013

    " Walter Mosley is a fabulous writer. Easy Rawlins is a character with all the usual faults and hang ups. But he is unfailingly loyal and good. That gets him into trouble. Love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/17/2013

    " I would read other books in the series, it was pretty good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 12/6/2013

    " Another "Easy Rawlins" mystery - very suspenseful, full of color (in all meanings of the word), disturbing in its tendency to rattle the cages of tightly secured concepts of race in 1960s L.A. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayseed | 12/4/2013

    " Good read, whodunnit, a bit complicated but worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felice | 11/29/2013

    " As always, Mosley is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/25/2013

    " Do not read this naked. That's how Easy Rawlins is. You think he's looking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/29/2013

    " Another delicious Easy Rawlins! SeeDevil in a Blue Dress "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antoinette | 8/28/2013

    " I thought this book was a page turner. I was very interested. Great read if you like mystery and some action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MommaLaura | 6/19/2013

    " I could have done without the curse words, but I can understand how they were used in context. Interesting story, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 3/14/2013

    " Sometimes you just need a little noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kent | 2/22/2013

    " This was a decent book, but not great. Though the book was written in 2002, the setting is in the mid-1960s, so there's a strong black vs. white theme throughout. Just not enough suspense to keep me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 11/20/2012

    " Got to love Mosley's characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gybo1004 | 9/28/2012

    " Interesting, gave a different perspective, but not sure I'll be back to read another in the series by Mosley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 8/5/2012

    " Much better protagonist than his more recent book. A more developed character and a much smarter plan for solving the problems he's faced with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dougj | 5/19/2012

    " An fun and interesting read. Mosely's Easy Rawlins never fails to satisfy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Whitcomb | 3/26/2012

    " The author paints the post WWII world of black private eye Easy Rawlins so perfectly, I kept reading these books so I could be transported again and again. The good guys are flawed, the bad guys are human, and the writing is powerful and haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 3/23/2012

    " This was my least favorite of the Rawlins mysteries. That said, it still gets 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maduck831 | 3/11/2012

    " Just a solid 60s la noire tale and that's it...take it as such and it's a great quick entertaining read...my first literary introduction to easy rawlins...I'll be back for more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolas | 3/2/2012

    " I couldn't put this book down till I finished. Exciting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Toohey | 5/17/2011

    " Mosley's at his best when writing Easy Rawlins; it's the perfect balance of narrative and social fiction for him. Still, even though Brawly Brown is solid, he's repeating himself here without adding anything new to the character, and it's less than compelling and lacks a narrative necessity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 3/23/2011

    " This was so fun! Mosley included the Army and Vietnam vets in this one and his commentary on living with PTSD is very astute. A great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 2/25/2011

    " The basic story line is good but I feel like the author went too far (which became annoying) in getting across that the characters are mostly black. I don't think all the slang was necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/21/2010

    " Mosley's at his best when writing Easy Rawlins; it's the perfect balance of narrative and social fiction for him. Still, even though Brawly Brown is solid, he's repeating himself here without adding anything new to the character, and it's less than compelling and lacks a narrative necessity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 6/6/2010

    " Another "Easy Rawlins" mystery - very suspenseful, full of color (in all meanings of the word), disturbing in its tendency to rattle the cages of tightly secured concepts of race in 1960s L.A. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kent | 4/28/2010

    " This was a decent book, but not great. Though the book was written in 2002, the setting is in the mid-1960s, so there's a strong black vs. white theme throughout. Just not enough suspense to keep me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/27/2010

    " Got to love Mosley's characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 11/4/2009

    " Easy Rowlins made rollin' around town much more entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 7/4/2009

    " This was so fun! Mosley included the Army and Vietnam vets in this one and his commentary on living with PTSD is very astute. A great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/14/2009

    " Moseley - what can I add! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley | 3/13/2009

    " I love the character of Easy Rawlins. Mosley is one of my favorite mystery writers. I have an autographed copy of Bad Boy Brawly Brown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murvin | 2/18/2009

    " Brawly Brown is a good character that while reading I thought it had the potential to be another series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 2/10/2009

    " I always impressed my Walter Mosley's ability to write about the repercussions of oppression. "

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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.