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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781594835735
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Fearless Jones and Paris Minton, stars of the bestsellers Fearless Jones and Fear Itself, return in a high-velocity, larger-than-life thriller about family, betrayal, and revenge.

“I’m in trouble, Paris.” Paris Minton has heard these words before. They mean only one thing: that his neck is on the line too. So when they are uttered by his lowlife cousin Ulysses S. Grant, Paris keeps the door firmly closed. With family like Ulysses—“Useless” to everyone except his mother—who needs enemies? But trouble always finds an open window, and when Useless’ mother, Three Hearts, shows up from Louisiana to look for her son, Paris has no choice but to track down his wayward cousin. Finding a con artist like Useless is easier said than done. But with the aid of his ear-to-the-ground friend Fearless Jones, Paris gets a hint that Useless may have expanded his range of enterprise to include blackmail. Now he has disappeared, and Paris’ mission is to discover whether he is hiding from his vengeful victims—or already dead.Traversing the complicated landscape of 1950s Los Angeles, where a wrong look can get a black man killed, Paris and Fearless find desperate women, secret lives, and more than one dead body along the way.

Fear of the Dark is filled with the sheer-nerve plotting and brilliant characterizations that prompted The Nation to credit Walter Mosley for “the finest detective oeuvre in American literature.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/17/2014

    " This was my first Walter Mosley book and I loved it. First, the reader of the audio book was fantastic. A deep voice, easy to listen to, with both good male and female voices. Secondly, Mosley has a talent like Larry McMurtry. He can perfectly describe a character, both their personality and their appearance, in one pithy sentence. I enjoyed listening to the book, especially listening for those description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/13/2014

    " I really enjoy Walter Mosley books. This one was not as good as the others I have read. However, it will not stop me from trying his other books! "

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

    " Loved the characters. Kept my interest the whole way through. Walter Mosley is an excellent mystery writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mina | 2/3/2014

    " Another great read from Walter Mosley! I picked up this book on a whim and was far from disappointed. I really enjoy the Fearless Jones novels; I think they're quirky, smart and exciting. I breezed through and was ready for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayla | 1/26/2014

    " This is my first time reading anything by Mosely and I enjoyed this book. Paris was funny. I loved the friendship between him and Fearless. If I had one critique, it just wasn't suspenseful enough for me and didn't find myself REALLY wanting to know what was going on. I didn't care so much about who had murdered whom and Useless's role in the whole thing. But I did enjoy the ride that Mosley took me on. I'm going to check out another one of his novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HBalikov | 1/23/2014

    " This 3rd book about Paris Minton and Fearless Jones has a bit more plot than the previous two, but it doesn't diminish the insightful view of minority life in Los Angeles of the post WWII pre Civil Rights era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/14/2014

    " You can never go wrong with Mosley...always a solid character driven read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Bachmann | 1/7/2014

    " Really fun ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 11/30/2013

    " I think my favorite by Walter Mosley. I think it was a good move to hang up Easy Rawlins and move to Paris and Fearless. The characters are so fresh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kree | 11/10/2013

    " I have just fallen in love with Walter Mosely! I don't read a lot of fiction -- but his descriptions of 1950's L.A. really resonate with me since I grew up around Whittier/La Habra/Norwalk area in the 50s. Mosely writes with subtlety, grace and insight, and I love his characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/25/2013

    " My current audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/4/2013

    " It's not Easy Rawlins, but I really enjoyed it. Something about a coward who runs a used book store amkes it a hoot to read. More Paris Minton for me! Also, it's more 1950s LA and the story of race in American. Always a good time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June anne | 1/23/2013

    " similar format to the Easy Rawlins stories, man and his much tougher buddy find themselves in the middle of other people's mess and have to turn sleuth to sort it. The path of sleuthing is decorated nicely with dodgy men, sultry women and a slimline helping of voodoo. "

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

    " It started off strong but then the plot just got convoluted and weak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roderick Jones | 12/19/2011

    " A fantastic entry into the Fearless Jones series!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/17/2011

    " nice read very entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 10/12/2011

    " Walter Mosley is one of my favorites. This was a mystery and I hate mysteries! But I loved this tale. Check it out. He will suck you right into his story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 9/17/2011

    " not mosley at his best, but pretty entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 4/28/2011

    " Love the voice! Really enjoyed this but didn't quite follow all the plot twists and turns. On the other hand, I'm bad at mysteries, so maybe this is to be expected. I liked that it was atmospheric but not gory. "

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

    " No complaints, but there's too much untapped potential in his two main characters: Paris Minton and Fearless Jones (think Easy Rawlins split into two people). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/18/2011

    " It's not that this was a bad book, I just didn't enjoy it at all. Never really drew me in...I didn't care about any of the characters or the storyline. I was able to finish it, which means I wasn't miserable, just thought it was meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billy | 12/25/2010

    " Eh - - that's enough mysteries for now. The second Walter Mosley book I've read, written about twenty years later (he's been pumping them out ever since, though). Seemed kind of tired and boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis | 12/17/2010

    " I've always thought of Walter Mosley as a legendary figure in literature. "Fear Itself" probably wasn't the best place to start but it was enough to inspire further reading.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stef | 7/23/2010

    " The audiobook is superbly read by Don Cheadle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 3/18/2010

    " This is the first book by Walter Mosley that I read. I couldn't put it down. Paris Minton and Fearless Jones were so real and believable. Since then I've read most of Mr. Mosley's other books and will continue to read them as long as he continues to write. Brilliant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/27/2010

    " Just when you think he can't get any better than Easy Rawlins this series is written and it was great. Paris is quite a character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/5/2010

    " Mosley does it AGAIN! Walter Mosley is one of my all time faves. This book was especially well done. Just when I thought I knew what would happen in this mystery, he took a different turn. Excellent read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felice | 12/19/2009

    " alot of twist and turns in this book.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ero | 11/10/2009

    " Typically excellent Mosley noir, with a lot moving under the surface. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 10/12/2009

    " the book is similar to "Bad Boy Brawley Brown" in finding someone, yet more twists and turns with fearless jones included. So far its good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/3/2009

    " Good period mystery. I enjoyed the 1950s LA setting told through the African American community. Fearless and Paris are great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 12/13/2008

    " I liked Mr. Mosely's writing style and his choice of words in this book. Socrates is a rough, gruff, dude who has a view of the world unique to himself. But this is the kind of book that if you're not into Mr. Mosley, you'd probably fall asleep reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billie | 12/1/2008

    " Really great book, outstanding charcters with enough plot twists to keep one interested yet not too confusing.Paris Minton and Fearless Jones are two guys I would love to sit and have some drinks and listen to some jazz and talk books wars and women "

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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.

About the Narrator

Michael Boatman is an Image Award–nominated actor and writer who is best known for his roles in the television series China BeachSpin City, and Arliss. He has also appeared in the major motion pictures The Peacemaker and Hamburger Hill. His audiobook narration has garnered seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earned him the prestigious Audie Award in 2008 and 2010.