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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (741 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Leonid McGill Mysteries Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781101154762
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The Walter Mosley and his new hero, Leonid McGill, are back in the new New York Times bestselling mystery series that's already being hailed as a classic of contemporary noir.


Leonid McGill—the protagonist introduced in The Long Fall, the book that returned Walter Mosley to bestseller lists nationwide—is still fighting to stick to his reformed ways while the world around him pulls him in every other direction. He has split up with his girlfriend, Aura, because his new self won’t let him leave his wife—but then Aura’s new boyfriend starts angling to get Leonid kicked out of his prime, top-of-the-­skyscraper office space. Meanwhile, one of his sons seems to have found true love—but the girl has a shady past that's all of sudden threatening the whole McGill family—and his other son, the charming rogue Twilliam, is doing nothing but enabling the crisis.

Most ominously of all, Alfonse Rinaldo, the mysterious power-behind- the-throne at City Hall, the fixer who seems to control every little thing that happens in New York City, has a problem that even he can't fix—and he's come to Leonid for help. It seems a young woman has disappeared, leaving murder in her wake, and it means everything to Rinaldo to track her down. But he won't tell McGill his motives, which doesn't quite square with the new company policy—but turning down Rinaldo is almost impossible to even contemplate.

Known to Evil delivers on all the promise of the characters and story lines introduced in The Long Fall, and then some. It careens fast and deep into gritty, glittery contemporary Manhattan, making the city pulse in a whole new way, and it firmly establishes Leonid McGill as one of the mystery world's most iconic, charismatic leading men.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MK Brunskill-Cowen | 2/14/2014

    " Walter Mosley pens some of the most realistic characters and dialogue, and I really enjoy his Leonid McGill! This time McGill has been asked to find a young woman for a man that he can't refuse. Unfortunately, his sons have disappeared, a former "client" has been caught in a sting, and he winds up at the site of a double homicide - all at the same time. A fun mystery novel based on the gritty streets of NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernard Norcott-mahany | 2/12/2014

    " Leonid McGill was described to me by someone familiar with Mosley's work as a mix of Easy Rawlins and Mouse. I'm not sure that's quite right. The McGill series is set in contemporary New York, and McGill is a man with a shady past who is trying to restore karmic balance in his life. Mouse is all impulse, and not someone concerned about karma. Rawlins doesn't have the shady past to make up for. I'd say that Rawlins is a man trying to be decent in an indecent world, where McGill is a man who had been part of the problem who is now trying to make up for the wrongs he's done. Rawlins also has a more satisfying home life, I think. McGill is in love with a woman he's not married to, and married to a woman he cares about but doesn't love. Both men have kids who are both a joy and a test, though Rawlins' kids are less of a test. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/27/2014

    " Another good book from Walter Mosley. I like Leonid McGill and will follow this series as I have the Easy Rawlins and Socrates Fortlow books. Good characters and an interesting plot. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Innerdiva1 | 1/23/2014

    " "Karma" was a free e-tease that was solid enough to make me want to read "Known To Evil." The plot was a little anti-climatic, but the book did a good job of introducing me to the main characters in LT's life. I might go back and read "The Long Fall," which is the first book in this new series ... I hope it or "When The Thrill Is Gone" makes me a TRUE fan of Leonid Trotter McGill because I want to love him as much as I do Easy Rawlins. No matter what though, I know I will read "All I Did Was Shoot My Man" .... How can you go wrong with a title as classic as Mouse's legendary "why'd you leave him with me Easy" line?!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica B | 1/22/2014

    " the second book featuring Leonid McGill - unlike some critics, I was not disappointed & am eager for the third installment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Allen | 1/20/2014

    " The book was excellent. I love the way Mr. Mosley brings the characters to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/19/2014

    " I love my Kindle: it is like an addiction. I add books and read them and forget them and repeat. Mosley is practically the only author I buy in hardcover every time because he is a flipping genius and I worship him. Does that sound overly vehement? This book is an amazing addition to his new Leonid McGill series and my only complaint was that it was too short. Mosley's writing is masterful, spare, powerful, exciting. The story is crammed with shady characters and explosive situations and graceful, dark, noirish musings on the frailty and despair and redemption. Did I say Mosley is a genius? For my money, quite literally, one of the very best authors writing today. Or ever. I can't even apologize for my incoherent gushing---he is that good. He is THAT GOOD. Mr. Mosley, more, please. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 1/17/2014

    " Leonid McGill is back in this second novel and as feisty as ever. He is educated and thinks very well in solving his mysteries. There are an awful lot of criminals and those of criminal minds in this series and are a little hard to keep up with. He still loves his children but he and his wife can't get together and both have other interests. Maybe someday if he stays around long enough to hear what she has to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine Brown | 1/16/2014

    " This PI is a person with issues and a strong sense of I just don't care. Hard to put down from wanting to know what happens next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonie | 1/11/2014

    " I just love Walter Mosley. Leonid McGill is another great character like Easy Rawlins and Socrates Fortlow. Now, I just need to get the first and the next Leonid McGill book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 1/1/2014

    " I tried to get through this book. Mirron Willis' narration was NOT my favorite. A get a little impatient when a narrator can't look up the correct pronunciation of "dour." Ugh. He overenunciated and slurred the words at the same time. And I wasn't crazy about the characters, either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 12/3/2013

    " Typical Mosley, good page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/20/2013

    " Second in the newest series from the author of the Easy Rawlins books. The ending is rather rushed, but I enjoyed the rest of it and will read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Beuerlein | 11/19/2013

    " What a pleasure to enter the world of Leonid McGill...to cleanse the palate after the usual reads that pale by comparison! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilhelmina | 7/14/2013

    " This is the second entry in Mosley's Leonid McGill series. This is a perfectly good mystery and I will probably continue to follow the series, but so far, this series hasn't captured me the way that the Easy Rawlins series or even Mosley's Fearless series did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/1/2013

    " Plenty of interesting side stories and great characters make the Leonid McGill stories very enjoyable. Somehow Mosley has found a way to breathe new life into a old and sometimes worn-out genre. #3 was just released and I need to find some time to read it. "

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

    " Fun read. Alas, no more books by Walter Mosley at BPL. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 4/9/2012

    " not as good as his earlier books; too many extraneous characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 11/22/2011

    " Walter Mosley's PI Leonid McGill series really hits its stride. Great back story and intricate subplots only add to the appeal of the protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/27/2011

    " I didn't understand Leonid McGill's marriage or the case he was working, but Walter Mosley is so readable I didn't really care about that. I just wanted to see what his characters would say and do next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 8/4/2011

    " I really liked this book. There is a lot going on and if you're a fan of the mystery, this is definitely worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 6/29/2011

    " Not disappointed with this second installment of Leonid McGill's adventures. Must say that it was a little bit predictable though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sandusky | 6/27/2011

    " Mosley's mystery novels are his best work. The Easy Rawlins series was excellent, and the Leonid McGill series has the potential to be as good, though it's not quite there yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/15/2011

    " Easy Rawlins morphed into Leonid McGill in a different era and place, but with the same old problems with women and kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/5/2011

    " Plenty of interesting side stories and great characters make the Leonid McGill stories very enjoyable. Somehow Mosley has found a way to breathe new life into a old and sometimes worn-out genre. #3 was just released and I need to find some time to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 4/12/2011

    " I usually love Walter Mosley, but I'm just not as interested in this character. Can't quite care enough about him. I do have his next book waiting on my shelf. Maybe it'll be more compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/4/2011

    " Another awesome detective novel from Mr. Mosley. The prose here is exceptional and so much about the characters comes out through the dialogue. The writing is rich yet sparse enough that you feel like you could be in LT's shoes. I'm looking forward to another installment in the McGill series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sandusky | 4/3/2011

    " Mosley's mystery novels are his best work. The Easy Rawlins series was excellent, and the Leonid McGill series has the potential to be as good, though it's not quite there yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janaya | 3/13/2011

    " Great read! This was my first encounter with this author and I was very impressed with his writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 3/7/2011

    " Mosley has written another engaging mystery, that is also a kind of Socratic dialogue on injustice, morals and responsibility to oneself and others, with a little class war thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 2/6/2011

    " After winning the third book in the Leonid McGill series, I decided to read Walter Mosley's first two books in the series. I thought this sequel was alright, however I did enjoy the first book better. Not sure if it was the story line, but I still liked the book. "

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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

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.