Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley
A Novel (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)

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Walter Mosley delivers at last the compelling master work everyone's been waiting for--a novel so intriguing, so soulful, so unstoppably dramatic that it will rank among the classic mysteries of our time.
At the height of the riots that cripple LA in the summer of 1965, a white man is pulled from his car by a mob and escapes into a nearby apartment building. Soon afterward, a red-headed woman known as Little Scarlet is found dead in that apartment building--and the fleeing man is the obvious suspect. The police ask Easy Rawlins to investigate. What he finds is a killer whose rage, like that which burned the city for weeks, is intrinsically woven around race and passion. Rawlins's hunt for the killer will reveal a new city emerging from the ashes--and a new life for Easy and his friends.
Mosley's lean and muscular vernacular captures the heat and the rhythm of Los Angeles' heart, where danger is the common currency of everyday life.
 

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 July 5, 2004 by Little, Brown and Company. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Easy Rawlins sizzles as Watts burns.

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The Guardian

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Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley 320pp, Orion, £12.99 It is 15 years since Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins strolled into our consciousness as the troubled, part-time private eye operating on the borderline of black and white society in Los Angeles.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this eagerly anticipated follow-up to Fearless Jones (2001), Watts bookstore owner Paris Minton and the dangerous but principled Fearless Jones tread the familiar territory mapped so successfully by Mosley's original detecting duo, Easy Rawlins and Raymond "Mouse" Alexander.

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Easy Rawlins's affair with a schoolteacher embroils him in murder.

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Set during the Watts riots of 1965, this eighth entry in Mosley's acclaimed Easy Rawlins series (Bad Boy Brawly Brown , etc.) demonstrates the reach and power of the genre, combining a deeply involving mystery with vigorous characterizations and probing commentary about race relations in America.

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Book Reporter

It is Rawlins, however, who is Mosley's bread and butter, and it is always a pleasure when Mosley returns to him and to mid-20th century Los Angeles.

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Always a smooth operator more concerned with manipulating those around him than in some counterproductive notion of pride, the Rawlins of Little Scarlet seems to sense for the first time that the established order might crumble sooner than expected.

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Entertainment Weekly

The eighth novel about African-American sleuth Easy Rawlins is being touted as Mosley's best book yet, and it may well be.

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USA Today

Instead, he thinks that he has stumbled upon the work of a serial killer who preys on black women and is motivated by a loathing of miscegenation.With his trademark blend of subtle social commentary and classic noir, Mosley uses the fear associated with race-mixing to build upon a similar theme t...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Easy is able to walk both lines, but is also very conflicted about having to help the white man, but at the same time, he has this power trip which enables him to stand up to the white man.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The book permits the readers the pleasure of visiting other characters and their lives that began in the earlier Easy volumes and it also includes some characters from other Mosley books.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Ulin South Florida Sun-Sentinel 4 of 5 Stars "Set during the aftermath of the Watts riots of 1965, Little Scarlet quickly evolves into one of the strongest entries in Mosley’s already formidable series.

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Austin Chronicle

by Walter Mosley Little, Brown, 320 pp., $24.95 Little Scarlet is Walter Mosley's eighth outing for his African-American pseudo-sleuth, Easy Rawlins.

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