Black Betty by Walter Mosley
An Easy Rawlins Mystery

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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 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 June 15, 2010 by Washington Square Press. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality, Crime. Fiction

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Easy goes looking for Betty's gambling brother Marion, but finds nothing more of him than a bloody molar and a fat check from imperious Sarah Clarice Cain, daughter of the late, rich, unlamented Albert Cain.

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It ain't easy being Easy. Especially not now, as Mosley ( White Butterfly ) brings his much-admired, reluctant L.A. sleuth, Easy Rawlins, to the cusp of the 1960s without his wife and daughter, his re

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What really lies behind a Beverly Hills family's willingness to pay Easy so much money — the amount keeps ratcheting upward as mysterious deaths begin to mount — to locate a missing housemaid?

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Francine Prose has called Mosley's reluctant sleuth, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, "the most appealingly ambivalent hero in detective fiction," and this fall, Denzel Washington will star in the screen adaptation of Mosley's first Easy novel, Devil in a Blue Dress.

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