Down the River unto the Sea Audiobook, by Walter Mosley Play Audiobook Sample

Down the River unto the Sea Audiobook

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Read By: Dion Graham Publisher: Mulholland Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The King Oliver Series Release Date: February 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781478975861

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

39

Longest Chapter Length:

22:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:37 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

11:54 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

45

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Publisher Description

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year: bestselling author Walter Mosley "is back with a whole new character to love...As gorgeous a novel as anything he's ever written" (Washington Post). 

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators until he was framed for sexual assault by unknown enemies within the force. A decade has passed since his release from Rikers, and he now runs a private detective agency with the help of his teenage daughter. Physically and emotionally broken by the brutality he suffered while behind bars, King leads a solitary life, his work and his daughter the only lights. When he receives a letter from his accuser confessing that she was paid to frame him years ago, King decides to find out who wanted him gone and why. 

On a quest for the justice he was denied, King agrees to help a radical black journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers. Their cases intertwine across the years and expose a pattern of corruption and brutality wielded against the black men, women, and children whose lives the law destroyed. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King's client's and his own. 

"A wild ride that delivers hard-boiled satisfaction while toying with our prejudices and preconceptions." —Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times

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Rekindles some of the remarkable energy that drove the early Rawlins novels. . . . Mosley writes with great power here about themes that have permeated his work: institutional racism, political corruption, and the ways that both of these issues affect not only society at large but also the inner lives of individual men and women. And he has created a new hero in Joe Oliver with the depth and vulnerability to sustain what readers will hope becomes a new series. . . . It's the perfect moment for Mosley to unveil an exciting new hero and a series set in the present and confronting the issues that drive today's headlines.

— Booklist (starred review) 

Quotes

  • “A heady stew of racial politics and seedy characters that Mosley’s fans are sure to eat up.”

    — AARP magazine
  • “Great stuff…The vibrant characters and pulsating dialogue are primo Mosley.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Mosley is back with a whole new character to love…As gorgeous a novel as anything he’s ever written.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A wild ride that delivers hard-boiled satisfaction while toying with our prejudices and preconceptions.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “Graham steps in to create the variety of local accents needed to bring the characters to auditory life…[with] thoroughly credible and evenly maintained accents and pacing.”

    — Booklist (audio review)
  • “Think rich, dark, smooth red wine—each sip revealing different tones. That is Dion Graham’s voice performing Mosley’s PI, Joe King Oliver. His voice projects the violence, fear, and frustration that Oliver, an honest cop, experienced ten years ago…Graham is skilled at delivering female voices [and] the dialogue between people of different races, levels of education, and types of work flows flawlessly, making for highly engaging listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A well-constructed crime novel…Mosley makes it all look simple, creating in Joe King Oliver another fascinatingly flawed detective brimming with potential.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Gritty…The plot soars…Few mystery writers can examine issues of race—how it divides and binds people—as clearly and unflinchingly as Walter Mosley.”

    — Associated Press
  • “Mosley writes with great power here about themes that have permeated his work: institutional racism, political corruption, and the ways that both of these issues affect not only society at large but also the inner lives of individual men and women.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “The novel’s dedication—to Malcolm, Medgar, and Martin—underlines the difference that one man can make in the fight for justice.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Mosley writes with great power here about themes that have permeated his work: institutional racism, political corruption, and the ways that both of these issues affect not only society at large but also the inner lives of individual men and women.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Taut, brutal, and filled with author Walter Mosley’s trademark mix of imperfect winners and losers, Down the River unto the Sea introduces a new hero: the complicated and endearing New York detective Joe King Oliver.”

    — BookPage
  • Walter Mosley is back with a whole new character to love. . . . As gorgeous a novel as anything he's ever written. And with Joe King Oliver I'm betting, and hoping, he's given us a character we haven't see the last of.

    — Richard Lipez, Washington Post
  • Gritty . . . The plot soars . . . Few mystery writers can examine issues of race--how it divides and binds people--as clearly and unflinchingly as Walter Mosley.

    — Oline Cogdill, Associated Press
  • Great stuff . . . The vibrant characters and pulsating dialogue are primo Mosley.

    — Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
  • A wild ride that delivers hard-boiled satisfaction while toying with our prejudices and preconceptions . . . The darker and uglier the story gets, the more Joe King Oliver comes alive. . . . The journey is fun and joyful. . . . A fitting work for a world riddled with dark contradiction.

    — Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times
  • Remarkable . . . Walter Mosley's latest novel [is] all the more relevant in Black Lives Matter era.

    — Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Tribune
  • "Down the River Unto the Sea is a well-constructed crime novel, urgent in its plotting and carefully observed in the behaviors and the voices of its supporting cast. Mosley makes it all look simple, creating in Joe King Oliver another fascinatingly flawed detective brimming with potential.

    — Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle
  • This is one of those books that leaves you a little breathless--not only while you're reading, but once the back cover's closed, too. For anyone who loves hard-bitten PI thrillers, reading Down the River unto the Sea couldn't be more right.

    — Teri Schlichenmeyer, Miami Times
  • Juicy

    — NPR
  • [An] excellent standalone . . . The novel's dedication--to Malcolm, Medgar, and Martin--underlines the difference that one man can make in the fight for justice.

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • A heady stew of racial politics and seedy characters that Mosley's fans are sure to eat up.

    — AARP
  • It's Mosley's signature style--rough-hewn, rhythmic, and lyrical--that makes you ready and eager for whatever he's serving up. . . . Let the good times roll.

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • Mosley's poetic descriptions of not only New York City but his character's deepest souls elevate the story to beauty. Although the characters, large and small, are all compelling, in the end it is King's story to tell, as he struggles to decide how much he's willing to risk to get the truth.

    — Strand Magazine
  • Mosley's newest standalone has the markings of a classic hard-boiled New York novel... It's also a poignant page-turner whose larger themes--corruption, institutional racism, and the horrors of solitary confinement--speak to some of today's most pressing issues.

    — Charles Perry, LitHub
  • [An] engaging standalone . . . Mosley fans will welcome another imaginative page-turning from a mystery grand master.

    — Library Journal

Awards

  • A BookPage Top Pick of Best Character-Driven Cop Stories
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2018 Booklist Pick of the Year's Best Crime Novels
  • An Audible.com bestseller
  • A Strand Magazine Pick of the Top Ten Books of 2018
  • A New York Times audio bestseller
  • A New York Times Best Crime Novel of 2018
  • Winner of the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel
  • A New York Times Book Review Pick of Best Titles New to Paperback

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About Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the New York Times author of more than fifty novels in several series, most notably fourteen Easy Rawlins mysteries, several of which have been made into major motion pictures. In 2020 he was a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and from the National Book Foundation. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame, and he is the winner of numerous awards, including an Edgar Award, O. Henry Award, the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy Award, and and several NAACP Image Awards. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.

About Dion Graham

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.