About the book
Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a war veteran just fired from his job. Drinking in a friend's bar, he wonders how to meet his mortgage when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty with a reputation. In the sleazy, fearful city, Easy must rely on his instincts, not just to solve the case, but to save his life.
A first novel of astonishing virtuosity, upending Chandler's LA to show a dark side of a different kind
There is a splendid freshness to Mosley's prose and we sense that here is a real world we are hearing about for the first time
To write five novels about a character as interesting and complex as Easy and never to flag, never to miss a beat, is pretty amazing
What makes Mosley so important in American literature is not just his ability to pen novels that grab you by the throat, but the way his heroes reflect the uncertainty, the fears, and the moral dilemmas of America
Fr a writer who has the legacy of Chester Himes and more to live up to, Walter Mosley makes a distinctly confident start to his career