Its 1961 and Easy Rawlins has moved with his two adopted
kids from Watts to West LA. It is an era
of great change in the Black community. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will fill
the Washington Monument to deliver his inspirational speech “I Have A Dream” in
1963 (I dare you to read the text and keep your eyes dry), a few short years
later he will be shot dead. Robert Kennedy will give a moving tribute to Dr.
King and be shot down two months later.
Civil Rights are the topic of the day, yet back in West LA Rawlins still
has to make a living, he has two children to raise and times are tough
financially. He is not keen to accept a
case for sleazy white PI Saul Lynx, but he needs the money and boy does the
name of the woman Saul wants him to find bring back memories. In his Texas boyhood Black Betty was
legendary, men were willing to bleed to win her favors. When a teenage Easy Rawlins complimented
Black Betty, she planted a hot kiss on his young mug that rocked his world then
sauntered away. Easy and Black Betty
both traveled to California, different routes, different times. Of course the
case will be far murkier than presented and Easy will have other
complications. His homicidal sidekick
Mouse is out of prison and thirsting for revenge. Walter Mosley can write! He will walk you right into Easy’s world, set
you down, and spin you a good yarn not soon forgotten.
1961: For most black Americans, these were times of hope. For former P.I. Easy Rawlins, Los Angeles's mean streets were never meaner...or more deadly. Ordinarily, Easy would have thrown the two bills in the sleazy shamus' face -- the white man who wanted him to find the notorious Black Betty, an ebony siren whose talent for all things rich and male took her from Houston's Fifth Ward to Beverly Hills. There was too much Easy wasn't being told, but he couldn't resist the prospect of seeing Betty again, even if it killed him....
About the Author
Walter Mosley is the New York Times bestselling author of five Easy Rawlins mysteries: Devil in A Blue Dress, A Red Death, White Butterfly, Black Betty, and A Little Yellow Dog; three non-mystery novels, Blue Light, Gone Fishin', and R. L.'s Dream; two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield Wolf Award, and which was an HBO movie; and a nonfiction book, Workin' On The Chain Gang. Mosley is also the author of the Leonid McGill, and Fearless Jones mystery series, The Tempest Tales and Six Easy Pieces. He is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America, a founder of the PEN American Center Open Book Committee, and is on the board of directors of the National Book Awards. A native of Los Angeles, he now lives in New York City.
Newsweek Elegantly crafted...Mosley's best book yet.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Marvelous storytelling.
"Perceptive and poignant, humorous and horrifying...a rare blend of top-flight entertainment and incisive social commentary."
— San Diego Union Tribune