Walkin' the Dog by Walter Mosley

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Socrates Fortlow, an ex-convict forced to define his own morality in a lawless world, confronts wrongs that most people would rather ignore and comes face-to-face with the most dangerous emotion: hope. It has been nine years since his release from prison, and he still makes his home in a two-room shack in a Watts alley. But he has a girlfriend now, a steady job, and he is even caring for a pet, the two-legged dog he calls Killer. These responsibilities make finding the right path even harder - especially when the police make Socrates their first suspect in every crime within six blocks.--BOOK JACKET. "In each chapter of Walkin' the Dog, Socrates challenges a different conundrum of modern life. In "Blue Lightning, " he is offered a better-paying job but has to consider whether the extra pay is worth the freedom he would have to give up. In "Promise, " he keeps a vow made long ago to a dying friend, and learns that a promise to one person can mean damage to another. In "Mookie Kid, " he gets a telephone and,learns that the price of being able to reach others is that others can contact him - whether he wants to be reached or not."--BOOK JACKET. "Walkin' the Dog builds to a stunning climax as Socrates takes on a rogue cop who has terrorized his neighborhood."--BOOK JACKET.

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 October 23, 2008 by Back Bay Books. 284 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Mosley’s probing and stirring follow-up to Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1997) presents a dozen further adventures of Socrates Fortlow, the ex-con struggling to protect his marginal, yet deeply rooted, life in blasted Watts.

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Mosley returns to character Socrates Fortlow (debuted in Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned) in this follow-up collection of short stories.

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Mosley can readily manage more than one empathetic series hero, and in Socrates Fortlow, introduced in Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, he has a winner.

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Maybe some people from Claremont should go over and have a cultural exchange with Pomona, so the Pomona residents could learn to use alternatives to murder to solve their life situations.

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Best known for his Easy Rawlins mysteries (such as 1990's Devil in a Blue Dress), Mosley here brings back the massive Socrates Fortlow, first encountered in 1997's Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned.

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Austin Chronicle

Socially relevant and a sure-fire candidate for book clubs (this edition has reading questions at the back), Walkin' the Dog artfully presents the next installment in the life of a character with so much depth and nobility that it hurts, often turning the ex-con poet into "a wild thing with a too...

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Boston Review

In his absorbing 1998 short story collection always outnumbered, always outgunned, Walter Mosley took a break from his best-selling, movie-spawning Easy Rawlins mystery series to introduce Socrates Fortlow.

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