Little Green by Walter Mosley
An Easy Rawlins Mystery

83%

12 Critic Reviews

This old-new Easy deals with life, death, rebirth and redemption. And he's still here.
-NPR

Synopsis

When Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, Devil in a Blue Dress—a combustible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright—he captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers (including future president Bill Clinton). Eleven books later, Easy Rawlins is one of the few private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called iconic and immortal. In the incendiary and fast-paced Little Green, he returns from the brink of death to investigate the dark side of L.A.’s 1960s hippie haven, the Sunset Strip.

We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander “Little Green” Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem. Written with Mosley’s signature grit and panache, this engrossing and atmospheric mystery is not only a trip back in time, it is also a tough-minded exploration of good and evil, and of the power of guilt and redemption. Once again, Easy asserts his reign over the City of (Fallen) Angels.
 

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 May 14, 2013 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 23 2013

The result works better as anthropology than mystery, with barely a teaspoon of plot to a monstrous deal of aphorism

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 25 2013

If there were an Edgar for best comeback player, Easy Rawlins would be a shoo-in.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on May 17 2013

In the course of unraveling this book's snarled mysteries, Rawlins follows one strand of yarn into the labyrinth of his own deep past.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Tanya Ballard Brown on May 15 2013

This old-new Easy deals with life, death, rebirth and redemption. And he's still here.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 16 2013

...LITTLE GREEN represents a most welcome return for one of detective fiction’s most unique and distinctive characters.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Susan Guthrie Knight on May 13 2013

Mosley’s prose is closer to philosophic poetry. His language has the rhythmic cadence of the black south. His descriptions are masterful...

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Chron.com

Good
Reviewed by P. G. Koch on May 18 2013

What’s familiar is the mix of hardboiled detective narrative and social philosophizing on African American life that makes Easy such an enduring figure and his comeback so welcome.

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TCPalm / AP

Good
on Jun 02 2013

The Easy Rawlins novels have always been distinguished by the writer’s remarkable literary style and the seriousness of his purpose, for these books have never been mere whodunits.

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Black Books and Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by R.A. Brooks Sr on Jun 02 2013

Then there are the inevitable plots and subplots, and many surprises. That’s what I love about Mosley, there are always surprises. The writing is as great is ever.

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New Journal And Guide Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on May 15 2013

If you’re new to the series, grab the last couple novels and you’ll be fine. Either way, no matter how you seize it, “Little Green” is a book to die for.

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Thinking About Books

Good
Reviewed by David Marshall on Jun 18 2013

All of which confirms my immense satisfaction in seeing the return of Easy Rawlins. These slick PI investigations set in Watts give us the relatively rare opportunity to look at the African American experience in a recent historical context. These books speak with great authenticity and insight.

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Mystery People

Good
Reviewed by MysteryPeopleScott on May 14 2013

Little Green reminds us that Easy is one of the best PI’s out there. He gives us a vantage of the past few of us have.

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