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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,361 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 2009 ISBN: 9781101029619
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His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It’s a name that takes a little explaining, but he’s used to it. “Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man’s family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see aboveground is only a hint at the real story.”

Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill’s an old-school P.I. working a city that’s gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by—keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side—mostly because he’s never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, “decided to go from crooked to slightly bent.”

New York City in the twenty-first century is a city full of secrets—and still a place that reacts when you know where to poke and which string to pull. That’s exactly the kind of thing Leonid McGill knows how to do. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be constantly tested.

And we learn that with this protagonist, this city, this time, Mosley has tapped a rich new vein that’s inspiring his best work since the classic Devil in a Blue Dress.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilhelmina | 2/20/2014

    " If I hadn't read the Easy Rawlins books, the Socrates Fortlow books, and the Fearless Jones books, this would probably be a 4 star book. As it is, Moseley has written so many good books that he's his own strongest competition. This new detective, Leonid McGill, has potential, and Mosley always has good characters and can tell a good story, but I just wasn't knocked over the way I am with others of Mosley's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Lattimore | 2/16/2014

    " I could not get into the characters. I was warming up to the new detective but I need more time. Many of the characters seemed similar and alone dimensional. I love the Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlings books because a they took you somewhere and gave you insight into a time and place. This gives you a look into a subculture but at this point I don't care nor am I interested in it. The storyline seemed thin. I may give the next book a chance because I enjoy Mosley. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ona | 2/11/2014

    " Disappointing. He's cranking out multiple books a year and it shows. I love the Socrates Fortlow novels and enjoyed the first six in the Easy Rawlins mystery series (haven't read the rest). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Cantrell | 2/7/2014

    " Not usually one for mysteries or hard boiled crime dramas but this was a great book. Found a copy at Goodwill and figured I 80 cents was small price to pay and took a chance. This is probably the third good book I've read as a result of Goodwill that I otherwise would not have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisha Knight | 2/6/2014

    " I "read" this on CD in my car. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sammy Z | 1/26/2014

    " Am I the only one that doesn't like this book? Boring and wayyy to much description on things not germaine to the story. Skip "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/24/2014

    " I love Walter Mosley's style and I loved this book! I have always enjoyed his Easy Rawlins detective stories, but his new character, Leonid is even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 1/16/2014

    " A fun Walter Mosely book. This is the adventure of Leonid McGill. Who can't help a character whose father was a Black Communist and named his son after a Russian leader. It's a typical hero who is two steps from being a thug and the police want to put him away for life but he wants and does the right thing. I enjoyed it more than the Easy RAwlings because it is based in NYC around 2005. Quite enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 1/11/2014

    " Most of the story felt rushed and contrived. The relationships are superficial and the plot was like a bad Law and Order episode. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/6/2014

    " Good beach (or mountain) mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 11/23/2013

    " I didn't think that I would recover from the loss of Easy Rawlins. Mosley's other protagonists are good, but not that good. So, I'm very happy that such an interesting set of characters appears in this book and I understand from an NPR interview will be in another long series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 11/18/2013

    " Audio version. For detective genre, I would give this a 4-5. The characters are well developed, and more interesting than the central mystery. I would read future books in this series when looking for a casual, but still well-written read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 11/7/2013

    " Walter Mosley is in top form with a new private detective! 5 stars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 10/16/2013

    " Not so good goodguy. Alot of bad guys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiri | 10/5/2013

    " I am not going to finish this; just hasn't kept my interest. I like Mosley's writing but I have not been drawn in and easily distracted from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda | 9/13/2013

    " This book was a book club selection. Very enjoyable and the book is set in current day, unlike Mosley's other novels that are set in the 50s and 60s. Looking forward to more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John McKenna | 5/19/2013

    " Treat yourself and get aquainted with Mosley's works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernard | 3/4/2013

    " LT is cool, in a reluctantly bad way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 1/31/2013

    " A great start to a new hardboiled PI series from Mosely. Leonid McGill is a true hero. A man to be admired and respected but not to be trifled with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 4/9/2012

    " This is the first in Walter Mosley's new mystery series...but I'm not sure if I can get behind it yet. Leonid McGill is no Easy Rawlins, that's for sure! But I'll give the next one a shot and see if he grows on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell Ferguson | 3/19/2012

    " Great story of a middle aged man living a involving life as as a private investigator while trying to survive the NYPD. Looking forward to reading more of moseley's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/20/2012

    " Read this for my neighborhood book club. It interesting. A New series about a black PI in NYC trying to be slightly bent instead of crooked. Some fun things, some difficult things, I'll have to think on this for awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/20/2011

    " Enjoying it. I hear some of Mosley's books have been made into crime triller movies. Haven't searched for them yet, but can see how it would translate well to film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/6/2011

    " Good start as a follow-up series to the Easy Rawlins books. The new character, Leonid McGill, looks to be able to provide another enjoyable lengthy series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth Price | 8/28/2011

    " Another sterling character from the always reliable Walter Mosley. Great "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 melinda | 5/20/2011

    " s'alright. I like the *idea* of Walter Mosley's books much better than I actually like them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisaana | 4/19/2011

    " Leonid McGill is a great character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley | 4/15/2011

    " Another excellent Mosley novel. Set in New York City with a new P.I. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 3/31/2011

    " i couldn't do it, i just couldn't get into it! sorry jessica! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 3/31/2011

    " Mosley is at the top of his class. This novel written in first person, which is the hardest perspective to do well, has the reader as in the dark until the last chapter, as it has the protagonist. An easy, delightful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/28/2011

    " Great writing. Can't wait to read the next in the series with this detective character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 3/13/2011

    " really good mystery...first of a new series by Walter Mosley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/1/2011

    " Clever! Complex characters. I just put book #2 in this series on hold at the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/28/2011

    " This is a well written hard boiled detective story with dashes of humor thrown in. At times I had a hard time keeping track of who all the characters were, but I enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 2/21/2011

    " Didn't grab me like Socrates or Easy did. "

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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.