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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,946 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Ernie Hudson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The man at Charles Blakey’s door has a proposition almost too strange for words: he wants to spend the summer in Charles’ basement. Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome.

But Charles Blakey is black, and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble—but financial necessity leaves him no choice.

Once Anniston is settled in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very peculiar requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Anniston’s strange world. Charles’ summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation—and unimagined realms of humanity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel, written in adorned prose that allows the ideas to breathe, will hold readers rapt; it is Mosley’s most philosophical novel to date, as he explores guilt, punishment, responsibility, and redemption as individual and as social constructs…the author again demonstrates his superior ability to tackle virtually any prose form, and he is to be applauded for creating a rarity, an engaging novel of ideas.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The book’s timeliness is irrevocably established. This is fine, provocative writing from the prolific Mosley, whose gifts extend well beyond his excellent mysteries.”


  • “Walter Mosley presents a fascinating, if disturbing, look into the human soul.”


  • “Mosley is a kind of jazz musician…his themes subtly, obliquely, quietly stated, almost imperceptibly bubbling up from the rhythms of ordinary life.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alex | 2/18/2014

    " This book is weird, discombobulating and tense. While it may lack traditional suspense in a "Alex Cross/Michael Crighton" kinda way, it harkens back to the sultry writing of Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright, while taking on a conversational philosophic tone of Daniel Quinn's "Ishmael". I was completely engrossed and kept struggling to make sense of what was happening (and not happening), but the sort of eerie dreaminess kept luring me back in. I think the main character isn't fully realized, at least not in the beginning, but I do feel that this books concept works quite well and is executed perfectly. Read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judith Yeabsley | 2/18/2014

    " This was an ex-Rich book. We traded a few choices. It was different and interesting enough to want to get to the end but strange and a little pointless. A no hoper AA guy who has inherited a substantial house is in danger of losing it because he is a loser. A mad multi millionaire wants to rent the basement - with a twist - for $ 900 per night. It's an offer he can't refuse ...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cephas Martin | 2/17/2014

    " Great book. Mosley is one of my favorite authors. Thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Walter O'Bryant | 2/15/2014

    " This is one of the best books that I've read in my adult life! I read it from cover to cover in less than 24 hours! I could not put this book down! I wish I could become one tenth of the writer that Walter Mosely is! "

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