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Ess prose this mystery never got boringAn awesome running start to a solid series that evolves in great ways The series should definitely be read in rder so you can enjoy Easy s personal and growth as he acuires new friends and family but ther standout novels in the series include A Little Yellow Dog as well as the later novels like Little Scarlet Cinnamon Kiss and Blonde Faith Devil in a Blue Dress introduced Walter Mosley s hero Ezekiel Easy Rawlins to the reading public A fast flowing narrative with a story somewhat complex in a bare bones kind f way Mosley takes us into Raymond Chandler country Los Angeles after the war But this is a slightly different perspective because Easy happens to be a black man He becomes a private eye Love Me Love My Dog Lucky Dog Series Book 1 of sorts inrder to locate a blonde French girl named Daphne Monet for a white man he doesn t uite trust Daphne has a penchant for black men and haunts the world Gaysia Adventures In The Queer East of dusty underground bars and hole in the wall jazz joints Easy knows all too wellFinding her may not be Easy snly problem however as someone is ut to kill him prompting him to employ his ld pal Mouse to watch his back while he investigates Mouse is sharply drawn by Mosley as an amoral yet likable killer deadly as an enemy uneualed as a friend Easy is portrayed by Mosley as a decent man who understands his world and his place in it but doesn t like it Contemporary American Religion one bit Like Ross Macdonald s Lew Archer Easy is comfortable being anbserver f human cruelty and frailty than a participantEasy s attraction to the beautiful white girl Daphne Monet and his uneasiness about what may really be going n underscores a complex and riveting narrative in which everyone might just have underestimated Easy Mosley makes the larger story here not the case but the story about a good man in a not so good world trying to detach himself from it all Gods Of Color Color Guard 1 only to discover it is partf who he is Mosley s Mouse is unforgettable and in some respects what Hawk is to Spenser in Robert B Parker s seriesDaphne has to hide in this novel than just money and its truth is the impetus for everything that happens There is murder here and greed and something Easy has seen way too much Lorelei Of The Red Mist Planetary Romances of even for a black man in post WWII Los Angeles sorrow This is a fine read and a perfect introduction to Easy Rawlins White Butterfly might be a slightly better book in mypinion but Devil in a Blue Dress is highly recommended to mystery fans My case study A Sala Das Perguntas of 20th century detective fiction continues with Devil in a Blue Dress the debutf Ezekiel Easy Rawlins World War II veteran and homeowner in South Central Los Angeles who ften gets trouble than he bargained for taking jobs to help bad people recover coveted items Walter Mosley has published sixteen Easy Rawlins mysteries to date and in some ways LA no longer seems like the pressure cooker it was when this novel arrived in 1990 In ther ways the city remains the same Easy s voice and the world building here are than enough for me to recommend it but I came away unsatisfied with the story and how passively it developedSet in June 1948 the novel Abe Four In Hand opens with Easy wetting his whistle at Joppy s bar in Watts having been laidff from his job as an aircraft assemblyman A native Hold The Door of Fifth Ward in Houston Easy chose to prove his manhood in the army fighting in North Africa Italy and finally the Battlef the Bulge under General Patton Like a lot The Unseelie King of black folk after the war Easy migrated to LA for jobs in the aircraft industry and made enough to buy his first home which is he home proudf A white man walks into the bar and Joppy a former heavyweight boxer who is both familiar and nervous around the man calls Easy Reading For Ielts 6 0 7 5 over to introduce themDeWitt Albright reveals that he used to be a lawyer in Georgia and now specializes in favors for friendsr friends Listening Speaking For Ielts 6 0 7 5 of friends Joppy later reassures Easy that while Mr Albright is a tough man who runs in rough company he s no gangster just a man looking for a girl Driving downtown that evening to Albright sffice Easy is given a photograph The Cat In The Bag of a pretty young white woman Albright tells him is named Daphne Monet She freuents hangouts in Watts and Albright needs a man who might seem to belong in those hangouts to get a linen where she is He says Daphne was last seen at an illegal club Easy knows Pathways To A Radiant Self A Journey Of Growth And Discovery With The Chakras offers him a hundred dollars in advance Easy goes to work John s place was a speakeasy before they repealed Prohibition But by 1948 we had legitimate bars allver LA John liked the speakeasy business though and he had been in so much trouble with the law that City Hall wouldn t have given him a license to drive much less to sell liuor So John kept paying Orhon Yaztlar Aratrmalar off the police and running an illegal nightclub through the back doorf a little market at the corner Seeded By The Wolves A Bbw Werewolf Menage Mmmf of Central Avenue and Eighty ninth Place You could walk into that store any evening up until three in the morning to find Hattie Parsons sitting behind the candy counter They didn t have many groceries and no fresh producer dairy goods but she d sell you what was there and if you knew the right words Stars And Other Monsters or were a regular then she d let you in the club through the back door But if you thought that you should be able to get inn account f your name r your clothes r maybe your bankbook well Hattie kept a straight razor in her apron pocket and her nephew Junior Fornay sat right behind the doorEasy asks Junior if he s seen a white girl named Delia r Dahlia He gets the sense that Junior is lying to him but working the room can t get anyone He gets the sense that Junior is lying to him but working the room can t get anyone say they ve seen the white woman he s looking for He has drinks with a co worker named Dupree and his girl friend a skinny but charisma pulsing dame named Coretta Helping her drag Dupree home Easy gets familiar with Coretta in the living room where she reveals she knows who Daphne s boyfriend is a liuor truck hijacker named Frank Green Easy returns home and finds a letter transcribed by his childhood friend from Fifth Ward Raymond Mouse Alexander Easy finds himself drawn to his closet either to pack Scars Of Miranda or to hide I ran away from Mouse and Texas to go to the army and then later to LA I hated myself I signed up to fight in the way to prove to myself that I was a man Before we launched the attackn D Day I was frightened but I fought I fought despite the fear The first time I fought a German hand t0 hand I screamed for help the whole time I was KILLING HIM HIS DEAD EYES STARED AT ME A him His dead eyes stared at me a five minutes before I let go f his throatThe nly time in my life I had ever been completely free from fear was when I ran with Mouse He was so confident that there was no room for fear Mouse was barely five foot six but he d go up against a man Dupree s size and you know I d bet Understanding Capital Marx S Economic Theory on the Mouse to walk away from it He could put a knife in a man s stomach and ten minutes later sit down to a platef spaghettiI didn t want to write Mouse and I didn t want to let it lie In my mind he had such power that I felt I had to do whatever he wanted But I had dreams that didn t have me running in the streets any I was a man Jack Ma And Alibaba In Hangzhou A Life Of Speeches Forrest Gump Wealth Ipos And 60 Minutes How The Alibaba Group Made Him The Richest Man In China of property and I wanted to leave my wild days behindWho Daphne Monet is how Easy finds her and the whats it that warrants thebsession f so many men starting with Mr Albright largely becomes second third and fourth fiddle to what really makes Devil In a Blue Dress jam and that s Walter Mosley taking us through the streets f South Central in 1948 While Easy is arrested and interrogated by police discovers a corpse gets shot at by gangst. On it a vivid social canvas and the freshest new voice in crime writing in years mixing the hard. ,
Having read Raymond Chandler s The Big Sleep earlier this year it s easy to make the comparison to this novel Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley After all they re both hard boiled crime novels both set in Los Angeles in the 1st half The Complete Executor S Guidebook A Step By Step Guide For Executors And Perosnal Representatives of the 20th century and both debut their famous private eye protagonists Philip Marlowe and Easy Rawlins who would appear in multiple novels and evenn the big screen But that s pretty much where the similarities end Easy Rawlins pwas an African American living in the Watts neighborhood The Ethos If The Song Of Roland of Los Angeles in the late 1940s Unlike Marlowe he had no training as a private eye no background at all Outf work he takes the job Field Guide To Wilderness Medicine of finding someone the beautiful woman in the blue dress and his life is startedn a new path This novel was written in the 1990s which surprised me Mosley does a good job Lord Of Enchantment of capturing the feelf life in 1940s Watts the prejudice Finding Home In The Sandy Lands Of The South A Naturalist S Journey In Florida of white vs black police vs black the struggle not to get ahead just to get by The story the mystery was riveting but easy to follow Easy Rawlins was a very likeable and believable character Ezekiel Easy Rawlins is a proud and unapologetic black man in 1940s Los Angeles He has just been laidff from his factory job because he let his independence show too Prayers And Thoughts Of Chinese Christians openly toward his white supervisor While hangingut at a local bar a menacing heavy set white man dressed all in white approaches him with a job Because the bartender vouches for him Easy takes the job After all he has a mortgage to pay What is this job Find some 22 year Bind Torture Kill The Inside Story Of Btk The Serial Killer Next Door old blond knockout Daphne Monet who freuents jazz clubs and has been seen in the companyf blacks for an unnamed client Seems simple enough But as Easy starts investigating and events unfold we see the world through his eyes where rich and powerful white men are dangerous and mysteriousEasy is not A Davenport Christmas one drawn to violence He ll use it if he has to but he doesn t lead with his fists Not so his childhood friend Mouse Easy isn t happy that hisld friend showed up uninvited but it turns It Could Have Been Worse out to be a good thing that he did Despite his tendency to shoot first and ask uestions later Mouse is a likable character who can almost make you laugh while he s beating someone half to death And with Mouse around Easy doesn t have to get his hands dirtyEasy Rawlins is a character we can root for He s well rounded but flawed He has doubts insecurities and even falls victim to hiswn heart from time to time He didn t choose to be a private investigator the looming threat Dragon In The Rocks A Story Based On The Childhood Of The Early Paleontologist Mary Anning of poverty is what keeps him going But he s good at it The plot moves along pretty uickly with all the tried and true red herrings misdirections dead ends and desperate momentsf classic mystery fiction 45 starsThis is the first book in the Easy Rawlins series I had to get it The Dragon Laird on interlibrary loan I have been reading rave reviewsf Mosley s Easy Rawlins series for years This ne won the Shamus award for best first PI novel Easy is a black war veteran in 1948 Los Angeles He just lost his job and he needs money to pay his next mortgage payment Then a job ffer comes his way He is El Absolutismo 1550 1700 Un Mito offered 100 to find a white woman who likes to freuent black bars and listen to jazz Dewitt Albright explains that he can t go in to these bars and ask uestions because he is a white man Easy realizes that Albright is a dangerous man but he needs the money and takes the jobEasy does find her but several people die and he is a suspect in the murders Thinkf a tough PI like Phillip Marlowe and mix in a racist police department for a great read I finished it in 2 daysThere is an interview with Mosley Sociological And Psychological Aspects Of Information Literacy In Higher Education on CSPAN a US cable channel You can watch itn their websitebo Ezekiel Easy Rawlins fought his way across Europe as a decorated soldier World War II but in post war Los Angeles he s a second class citizen because he s When Easy is fired from a good job due to racism from his boss he finds himself n the verge f losing the small house he loves A friend f Easy s hooks him up with a white man named Albright who has an pportunity to make some uick cashAlbright is looking for a white girl named Daphne Monet who is known an Journal Of Alternative Spiritualities And New Age Studies Volume 3 opportunity to make some uick cashAlbright is looking for a white girl named Daphne Monet who is known hangut in black clubs Since Albright won t get any answers if he goes looking for her in those places he wants Easy to find her and is ffering 100 for a week s work That s enough to pay his bills and even though Albright makes Easy extremely nervous he doesn t see another way to keep his houseEasy begins looking for Daphne but he uickly finds himself the target f cops rich white men and a dangerous hijacker Fortunately for Easy he has The Lizard Cage onef the staples f crime fiction in his corner a Bad Ass Criminal Friend Raymond Mouse Alexander is a cheerful little psychopath who has a uick trigger finger and a nose for money and he s even dangerous than the people Easy is already up againstMosley created a great character with Easy In some ways he s an average everyman just looking to get by during a time when his race makes him a freuent target so he doesn t see the percentage in looking for extra trouble but Easy also freuently gets fed up with the attitudes f the time and will demand respect when he feels he s being slighted He can also be extremely dangerous when pushed Since he isn t a trained detective Easy finds Drawing Painting People out what he needs by tapping the many relationships he has within the black community You won t find Easy dusting for fingerprints but you may see him gossiping at the barber shop Mosley did a superior jobf recreating the world Alien Resurrection of Watts in 1948 and it s a lotf fun to read about Easy moving through this environmentMouse is also a great twist n the classic Bad Ass Criminal Friend concept you see in most detective books Usually the BACFs are loyal to their law abiding friends and follow their lead when their services are called for In this case Easy is actually terrified f Mouse and with good reason They may be More Or Less Crazy The Smokejumpers old friends but if Mouse sees an angle to make money then he d kill Easyr anyone else that stood in his way without a second thought Dealing with Mouse is like handling nitroglycerin it can be useful but if you re not careful you ll end up splattered all Kovels Know Your Collectibles over the wallsThis was a great start to a good series The movie version with Denzel Washington is also pretty good with a terrific performance by Don Cheadle as Mouse This book isne A Question Of Loyalty of my favorite detective novels Ezekiel Easy Rawlins is a young black WWII veteran who has lost his job and is eager to jump at anpportunity when a shady businessman hires him to locate a pretty white woman named Daphne Monet who is known for gettin her party The Penny Dreadfuls Macbeth Rebothered on at black nightclubsThis is notnly ne f the best debut detective novels but also features what I think is Perfect Solution onef the best literary characters especially in the detective genre I think that Easy is a wonderful character and dissimilar to Greek Myths Gods Heroes And Monsters Their Sources Their Stories And Their Meanings other noir detectives in a numberf ways He is a totally reluctant investigator He doesn t have an Amelia S 7th Grade Notebook officer a secretary and proves to be great at the job because Secret Identity of his wits his relationships his awarenessf race and being in touch with his community And you can actually believe why women are attracted to him It s great witnessing the change in him as he uncovers secrets that he is unprepared for I love how evocative the book is f 1940 s inner city Los Angeles and it s variety f characters especially in the South Central area It has a complicated intriguing plot and because f Walter Mosley s soulful and effortl. Devil in a Blue Dress honors the tradition f the classic American detective novel by bestowing.

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