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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Easy Rawlins Mysteries Release Date:
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Walter Mosley’s indelible detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve.

Picking up where Rose Gold left off in LA in the late 1960s, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins finds his life in transition. He’s ready to—finally—propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. And he’s taken the money he got from the Rose Gold case and has, together with two partners, started a new detective agency. But, inevitably, a case gets in the way: Easy’s friend Mouse introduces him to Rufus Tyler, a very old man everyone calls Charcoal Joe. Joe’s friend’s son, Seymour (young, bright, top of his class at Stanford), has been arrested and charged with the murder of a white man from Redondo Beach. Rufus tells Easy he will pay and pay well to see his nephew exonerated, but seeing as how Seymour was literally found standing over the man’s dead body at his cabin home and the racially charged motives behind it, that might prove to be a tall order.

Between his new company, a heart that should be broken but is not, a whole raft of new bad guys on his tail, and a bad odor that surrounds Charcoal Joe, Easy has his hands full, his horizons askew, and a life in shambles on the ground around his feet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[Charcoal Joe] is a must for Easy Rawlins fans and anyone who appreciates fresh, powerful prose.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Michael Boatman[‘s] comfort with the author’s style and the title character’s swagger make Charcoal Joe a captivating listen…Boatman illuminates all of Mosley’s little gems. The author’s wit and sarcasm are enhanced by a narration that envelops the listener in 1960s Los Angeles. Both longtime Mosley fans and new ones will take another drive or walk around the block just to listen a little longer. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Like peeling an onion, Easy uncovers the truth one layer at a time…Mosley’s exciting and profound mysteries with their poetic prose and historical clarity fascinate readers because Easy moves so smoothly among different worlds. His latest will please his many fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “[An] emotionally charged story [with an] insightful lens into LA’s 1960s streets, and always-impressive mental acrobatics.”


  • “Fasten your seat belts. It’s time for another simmering tour of Los Angeles, this time in 1968, with Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Rawlins serving once more as the unwilling guide. Read Mosley…for his matchless ability to present mosaic worlds in which even the most minor characters arrive burning with their own unquenchable stories.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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