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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,826 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Clarke Peters, John Guerrasio, Alibe Parsons Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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On the shady side of LA in 1961, African-American private eye Easy Rawlins can go places a white detective cannot. So when Saul Lynx needs a missing woman found, he hires Easy to do his dirty work.

Elizabeth Eady - 'Black Betty' - is as dark as midnight and just as beautiful. An old acquaintance of Easy's when he was a child back in Texas, she had been working for a rich white woman in Beverley Hills, but left her job with no forwarding address. Easy knows she always brings trouble in her wake, but he has a family to support and needs Lynx's money.

With Martin Luther King in the news and a new young president in the White House, it's a time of hope for most black Americans. But as Easy tries to unravel a case that sends him in search of his own past, he finds only death under the stones he is paid to turn over....

Starring Clarke Peters, John Guerrasio and Alibe Parsons and dramatised by Bonnie Greer, this was first broadcast as part of BBC Radio 4's 'American Noir' season.Warning: contains strong language.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roy | 2/14/2014

    " With Black Betty, Mosley delivers what you'd expect from an Easy Rawlins mystery if you came to it having already read a few others such as I had. The crime to be solved is made to seem convoluted but ultimately turns out to be relatively simple. But as with each book in this series it isn't really about the plot. It's about Easy's singular way of seeing and evaluating and dealing with the people he encounters along the way, his perspective on a period of time that seems both long ago and immediate. His character is further fleshed out with each novel, and going along for the ride with him on the particular case he's working on is always a pleasure. If you enjoy the writing of Raymond Chandler you'll probably enjoy that of Walter Mosley and vice versa, only with Mosley you get an added dose of social commentary, not to mention Easy's psychotically entertaining buddy, Mouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tora | 1/31/2014

    " One of my favorites in the Easy Rawlings series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/20/2014

    " Another great outing with Easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/28/2013

    " another of the Easy Rawlins stories. Interesting characters, thoughtfully used to illustrate deeper social conditions and relationships, especially racial. But without really beating you over the head with it. You root for some, you hope some get the come-uppance they deserve. Only on a rare occasion, do they slip a little into charicature, or stereotype. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi Sway | 12/27/2013

    " I actually liked the perspective Walter Mosley used in this read. The focus was more on the comments and reactions of people who knew Betty, rather than on Betty herself. I think this viewpoint make her most interesting because of how others framed who she was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 12/20/2013

    " One of the better early ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily Bart | 11/29/2013

    " Easy Rawlins is a dangerous black man -- looking for a dangerous black woman! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 11/15/2013

    " This book is about a man who does detective type work for people and in this story Easy is looking for an old acquaintance of his. It's written in the present tense but occurs in the 50s and is based in L.A. I would probably read another of his books, I liked the way he wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 11/7/2013

    " Always a pleasure. EZ is a strong character and his take on the history of LA illuminates the plight of the black man in ways a sociological analysis cant. Strong detective fiction through the lens of a character who expects nothing from the White world and is rarely disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Travis | 10/19/2013

    " Like the idea of this series, but the books are so unrelentingly grim and depressing that I just gave up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kurt | 9/18/2013

    " You expect it to be all good because you loosely base you pre-opinion on a song with a similar title and rocking god drinking game and then it turns out to suck. Think James Patterson if patterson was a 2nd grader "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/11/2013

    " One of the Easy Rawlins series. Read this immediately after the Socrates books - and I think I like Mosley's ex-con short stories more! But I'm a fan of just about anything he's written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Rowland | 7/18/2013

    " Still love Easy but had some trouble keeping up with the characters this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimcy | 4/8/2013

    " once again one of those fun reads to listen to on long drive or the way to work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen Scott Verde | 2/16/2013

    " Part of my "Books Read" list I found while moving/unpacking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Femi Massiah | 1/31/2013

    " I love Walter Moseley, he just oozes sensuality and this dark novel is another notch on his belt of success. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/23/2013

    " Black Betty by Walter Mosley (1994) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/7/2012

    " 4th Easy Rawlins mystery focuses on the disappearance of the title character and Rawlins being paid to find her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 9/6/2012

    " very first book I read by Walter Mosley. Got hook on his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 8/9/2012

    " Easy Rawlins, has moved from Watts to West L.A. with his two adopted children. Hired to locate a sultry female acquaintance from his early days in Houston. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murvin | 7/9/2012

    " Easy reading; won of my favorite in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RK Byers | 5/27/2012

    " probably the best book in the Rawlings series. "

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

    " I read this book when it first came out. I had to rush to the book to get it!! I love the story! Easy Rawlings is the coolest character in fiction! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 5/4/2012

    " Pretty good book, I like the L.A. setting and the time period (1961) - it's very film noir/Chinatown/Raymond Chandler, except from the point of view of a black detective. I loved the movie "Devil in a Blue Dress" but had never read any of Walter Mosley's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P. Afua | 3/15/2012

    " I love all things Mosley. I started with Devil in a Blue Dress and kept on following this amazing storyteller. "

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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.