The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
A Novel (Mosley, Walter)

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The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. He wants to spend the summer in Charles's basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome. But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice. Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very particular requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. At first he resists, but soon he is tempted-tempted by the opportunity to understand the secret ways of white folks. Tempted to understand a set of codes that has always eluded him. Charles's summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Walter Mosley pierces long-hidden veins of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature.
 

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 January 5, 2004 by Little, Brown and Company. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even in his genre fiction, which includes mysteries (the Easy Rawlins, Fearless Jones and Socrates Fortlaw series) and SF (Blue Light , etc.), Mosley has not been

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Even in his genre fiction, which includes mysteries (the Easy Rawlins, Fearless Jones and Socrates Fortlaw series) and SF (Blue Light , etc.), Mosley has not been

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Anniston Bennet, a guilt-ridden mercenary with a huge, uncircumcised penis (and you can draw your own conclusions about why the author includes this detail) is pitted for 256 pages against a not particularly likeable man who functions here as the innocent whose life is changed by another man's sins.

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Minneapolis Star Trib 4 of 5 Stars"It is a genuine pleasure to get your hands on any book written by Walter Mosley, a man who knows how to tell a story, how to create a character, and who has you hooked from page 1."

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