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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,819 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN:
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Just after devastating riots tear through Los Angeles in 1965, when anger is high and fear still smolders everywhere, the police turn up at Easy Rawlins' doorstep. He expects the worst, as usual. But they've come to ask for his help.

A man was wrenched from his car by a mob at the riots' peak and escaped into a nearby apartment building. Soon afterward, a redheaded woman known as Little Scarlet was found dead in that building, and the fleeing man is the obvious suspect. But the man has vanished.

The police fear that their presence in certain neighborhoods could spark a new inferno, so they ask Easy Rawlins to see what he can discover. The vanished man is the key, but he is only the beginning. Easy enlists the help of his longtime friend Mouse to break through the shroud. And what Easy finds is a killer whose rage, like that which burned in the city for weeks, is intrinsically woven around deep-set passions, feelings echoed within Easy himself.

Rawlins's hunt for the killer reveals a new city emerging from the ashes, with the promise of a new life for Easy, Mouse, and his old friends Jackson Blue and Jewelle. Mosley's lean and musical vernacular captures the heat and the rhythm of Los Angeles' heart, where danger is the common currency of everyday life. Little Scarlet is further proof that Mosley is a master of mystery (New York Times Book Review).

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleisha Z Coleman | 2/20/2014

    " Walter Mosley is one of my favorite authors. I don't recommend him to everyone, though. His stories often take place in the tough streets of LA and the racial conflicts of the 30's-60's. The language and the situations are somewhat graphic, although probably accurate of the time. The most famous story by this author is Devil in a Blue Dress, which was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 2/18/2014

    " the easy rawlins books are always easy reading. nothing t complain about, a great airplane business trip book, with more heft for lit-lovers than the usual fantasy detective book. "

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

    " Rawlin's is always good, the way he mixes race relations into classic hard boiled street detective stories with Easy Rawlins as a man just trying to make it in a changing world. And ever since they made Mosley's first book Devil in a Blue Dress with Denzel Washington as Easy, I keep hearing Denzel's voice when I read, which is cool. But as I mature as a reader, I seem to have noticed that while Mosley has added a more new characters i.e Easy's adopted family, they are pretty empty. I think Mosley should focus on making his work more complexed( it seems that these novels have not developed over time) while the new characters seem only to be a drain on the story itself, if this makes sense? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew | 2/2/2014

    " It's the fact that books like this become popular that makes me question the idea of being a writer. The average Bugs Bunny cartoon has fewer plot holes than this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley | 1/29/2014

    " Love the character of Easy Rawlins. Mosley is one of my two favorite mystery writers. I have an autographed copy of Little Scarlet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 1/29/2014

    " Another book for my 20th century literature class (focusing on African American literature). A quick read dealing with issues of race in Los Angeles during the Watts riots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip Frey | 1/27/2014

    " An entertaing crime book with Easy Rawlins working on a case in which a red-headed woman has been murdered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/19/2014

    " Listened to the audio version read outstandingly by Michael Boatman. Ultimately lacking as a mystery story, the novel is painfully revelatory regarding race relations in the 60's. Set during the Watts riots but not about them as such. Mosley is a thoughtful, sensitive writer. The novel gives one a "gut" sense of black experience that no essay could provide. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/9/2014

    " Set in the '60s, after the Watts riots, Rawlins is called in to help investigate a murder, so the cops can avoid stirring up trouble in the minority section of town. As usual, Rawlins gets more than he bargained for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scout | 12/31/2013

    " The story begins with the Watts riots and explores their emotional and racial repercussions. There's a mystery, too, of course, and a plethora of interesting characters. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Traverso | 12/7/2013

    " Fantastic! A great mystery that takes place in a great moment in time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/2/2013

    " This was a good mystery, and the setting in LA just after the Watts riots was intriguing, but for some reason I just didn't connect with the story. Instead of reading more books in this series, maybe I'll just add the Denzel Washington movie to my Netflix queue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/1/2013

    " Everyone should read this. Combines hard-boiled detective fiction with political commentary. Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/9/2013

    " I would read all his books. This was wonderful- lots of layers and well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/7/2013

    " See Devil in a Blue Dress "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 9/23/2013

    " very nice mystery. reads like a charm "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/22/2013

    " Set in 1965 in the immediate aftermath of the Watts riots--well plotted but a little more heavy handed and sentimental than usual "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/22/2013

    " Just ok. Not his best work but maybe I've read too many if the easy Rawlins detective stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RK Byers | 5/25/2013

    " this one was good. set against the Watts riots, i think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miquixote | 5/7/2013

    " Easy, entertaining mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 7/28/2012

    " Mosely writes about African American living infusing his book with history and great commentary. Anyone who wants to get a feel for what its like to be African American in this country really needs to spend time with Mosley. Its good mystery and good history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/27/2012

    " I'd like Easy Rawlins as my friend, definitely not my enemy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 11/27/2011

    " I am being generous with my stars today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan-o | 8/13/2011

    " Walter Mosley mysteries are ridiculously great. There are enough of them that it should be a weekly series on tv. it would totally kick CSI's ass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/17/2011

    " Fun, fast read. Mosley really makes the characters come alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 5/9/2011

    " This one took me a while to get through, but not because it was bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 4/20/2011

    " Continuing Easy Rawlings Series - Audio Book "

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

    " Easy Rawlins is the sexiest detective I've ever read about. Too many male investigators are white, single, drunks who live only for their work and regret what they've lost in their personal lives. I intend to read more books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/27/2011

    " Should be required reading for anyone interested in the reasons for the racial riots in LA Watts in 1965. This is a real eye opener. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 11/26/2010

    " very nice mystery. reads like a charm "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Art | 11/19/2010

    " I read this some time ago, didn't remember doing so, and checked it out from the library. 100% I am entering this so I may remember having read it. The Easy Rollins books are my favorite of Mosley's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scout | 7/29/2010

    " The story begins with the Watts riots and explores their emotional and racial repercussions. There's a mystery, too, of course, and a plethora of interesting characters. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adina | 2/2/2010

    " Easy Rawlins is the sexiest detective I've ever read about. Too many male investigators are white, single, drunks who live only for their work and regret what they've lost in their personal lives. I intend to read more books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan-o | 1/15/2010

    " Walter Mosley mysteries are ridiculously great. There are enough of them that it should be a weekly series on tv. it would totally kick CSI's ass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/16/2009

    " Set in the '60s, after the Watts riots, Rawlins is called in to help investigate a murder, so the cops can avoid stirring up trouble in the minority section of town. As usual, Rawlins gets more than he bargained for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/9/2009

    " I would read all his books. This was wonderful- lots of layers and well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Everton | 12/4/2009

    " Easy Rawlins during the Watts riots. Like all the Rawlins mysteries, this book stars not only Easy but the city of Los Angeles. Good mystery story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 11/17/2009

    " Should be required reading for anyone interested in the reasons for the racial riots in LA Watts in 1965. This is a real eye opener. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RK | 9/13/2009

    " this one was good. set against the Watts riots, i think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 9/11/2009

    " Great read! His characters are so lifelike, covers all the emotions and doesn't forget to make you laugh. "

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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.