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Rose Gold is two colors, one woman, and a big headache.

In this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don’t receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, “Rose Gold” will die—horribly and publicly. So the FBI, the State Department, and the LAPD turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the necessary borders to resolve this dangerous standoff.

With twelve previous adventures since 1990, Easy Rawlins is one of the small handful of private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called immortal. Rose Gold continues his ongoing and unique achievement in combining the mystery/private investigation genre with a rich social history of postwar Los Angeles—and not just the black parts of that sprawling city.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When it comes to naming names, Walter Mosley knows no peer. A cop called Frisk, a guru who goes by Vandal, a boxer known as Hardcase Tommy Latour, and a black militant with the excellent moniker of Most Grand all figure in Rose Gold, Mosley’s endlessly entertaining new Easy Rawlins mystery.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “You know Mosley will bring things to a satisfactory conclusion, so you can let the story fall away in favor of its rich social fabric, rendered in well-observed details of skin color, speech, dress, and, of course, neighborhoods. This is the triumph of each Easy Rawlins story—documenting this changing panorama of a city where the migration of Southern blacks, eager to claim it as their new world, is constantly remaking the city as it remakes them. Every Rawlins novel can be read on its own, but it’s a far richer experience to read them in sequence and follow Easy’s complex evolution as well as that of his ad hoc family and tight circle of friends. These are the folks who provide a fascinating set of roadside attractions as Easy’s case rolls on.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Fans of Mosley’s private investigator were grateful Rawlins survived and for good reason: Mosley’s writing gifts go well beyond the gumshoe genre. With Rawlins, he weaves in a tense racial element throughout and raises the level of his achievement.”

    Associated Press

  • “Set in LA during the height of the Vietnam War, Mosley’s impressive thirteenth Easy Rawlins mystery finds Roger Frisk, special assistant to the police chief, calling on Easy with a job…Easy’s experiences and insights perfectly mirror the turbulent ’60s.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Mosley has few peers when it comes to crafting sentences, and he’s woven some beauties into this swift-moving yet philosophical story that does more for illustrating an iconic period than hours of documentary film could. This Easy Rawlins novel harks back to the great early days of the series.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Along the way to the untidy resolution, the most quotable of all contemporary detectives (‘I knew I was in trouble because I was being told a fairy tale by a cop’) stirs up enough trouble for scene after memorable scene. Mosley may not write great endings, but it’s hard to top his middles.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Mosley’s mysteries have propelled our hero through the 1950s and ’60s, to a place and time where he has acquired a family (and ‘acquired’ is indeed the right word) and carved out a place for himself in a relentlessly shifting society. As much social commentary as a suspense novel, Rose Gold is an eminently worthy addition to what is perhaps the finest series of contemporary mysteries.”


  • “Narrator JD Jackson portrays the level-headed private detective Easy Rawlins…Jackson’s narration is steady and maintains depth when he speaks as other characters. While the story takes place in the late 1960s, from time to time, Jackson’s tone has a contemporary sound that adds to the detective’s relatability. Easy’s a caring guy, but he’s also a survivor. Jackson brings out both of these qualities in his narration.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for October 2014
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