Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley

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New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley introduces an "astonishing character" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) in this acclaimed collection of entwined tales. Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles -- and finding the miracle of survival.

"I either committed a crime or had a crime done to me every day I was in jail. Once you go to prison you belong there." Socrates Fortlow has done his time: twenty-seven years for murder and rape, acts forged by his huge, rock-breaking hands. Now, he has come home to a new kind of prison: two battered rooms in an abandoned building in Watts. Working for the Bounty supermarket, and moving perilously close to invisibility, it is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning man: young Darryl, whose shaky path is already bloodstained and fearsome. In a place of violence and hopelessness, Socrates offers up his own battle-scarred wisdom that can turn the world around.
 

About Walter Mosley

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WALTER MOSLEY is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. A New York Times –bestselling author, his work has been translated into more than twenty-one languages. Mosley, the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award, lives in New York City.
 
Published November 1, 1997 by Little Brown and Company. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Mosley takes a break from his peerless Easy Rawlins series (Gone Fishin', 1997, etc.) for a cycle of non-mystery stories set in the same violent neighborhood of Watts.

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Unveiling a new, bigger-than-life urban hero and a new series set in an updated version of Easy Rawlins's South Central Los Angeles, Mosley seems determined to confer on the mean streets of contempora

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Fans of the intricately plotted Easy Rawlins novels may be surprised by the episodic format here, in which the linked stories are presented in short chapters with such didactic titles as ""History"" and ""Double Standard"" In creating such a maverick protagonist, Mosley has produced a not-quite n...

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Unveiling a new, bigger-than-life urban hero and a new series set in an updated version of Easy Rawlins's South Central Los Angeles, Mosley seems determined to confer on the mean streets of contempora

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People

Walter Mosley owes his booming career to the seductive charm of Easy Rawlins, reluctant detective, the hero of Devil in a Blue Dress and five subsequent bestsellers.

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With: Isaiah Washington, Kevin Carroll, Art Evans, John Toles-Bey, Jamaal Carter, Brooke Marie Bridges, John Gavigan, Perry Moore, Sammy Rotibi, Danny Goldring, Dan Martin, Paula Jai Parker, Vonte Sweet, Kelvin Garvanne, Crystal LaPrie, Mykel Taylor, Mary-Michelle Trinity, Erika LaVonn, John Wesl...

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