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The case forces Rawlins to address the ethnic tribulations of 1960s America, in microcosm, and his own discomfort with discrimination, in particular.
I spent my whole early life at the back of buses and in the segregated balconies at theaters. I had been arrested for walking in the wrong part of town and threatened for looking a man in the eye. And when I went to war to fight for freedom, I found myself in a segregated army, treated with less respect than they treated German POWs. I had seen people who looked like me jeered on TV and in the movies. I had had enough and I wasn't about to turn back, even though I wanted to.
But Easy can't tackle this investigation alone; assisting him are the casually homicidal Raymond "Mouse" Alexander, as well as a dogged white detective and a fetching younger woman, who threatens to overturn the settled life Easy has been working toward all these years. Nor can Rawlins wrap the case up easily. Harassed and attacked for his inquiries, he eventually connects Payne's slaying to a homeless man, allegedly responsible for killing as many as 21 black women, all of whom had the bad judgment to hook up with white men.
Little Scarlet, the eighth Rawlins novel (after Bad Boy Brawly Brown), is unusual for Mosley, because it focuses as much on the credible mechanics of crime-solving as it does on the exposition of character and the exploration of L.A.'s mid-20th-century black culture. Combined with the author's vigorous prose and prowess with dialogue, Easy's promotion to serious sleuth promises great things for what was already a standout series. --J. Kingston Pierce
A really great read!!! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!!!!!!!!!! Don't sleep on this author all of his books are greatPublished 25 days ago by reeree85
I read this book because I had read in Madeleine Albright's book that this series had been a favorite of hers and President Clinton. I was disappointed, though. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Hemeon
Little Scarlet is one of those books you can't put down until the end, very good bookPublished 2 months ago by Juanita Badgett
I read this book after seeing it mentioned in connection with the riots in Ferguson. I wax an 11-year-old in West LA during the Watts riots, a white girl in a liberal family... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurel Kenner
My sister enjoys Walter Mosley written books. The price of the book with shipping and the short delivery window made this Walter Mosley "Little Scarlet" an exceptional... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike "Tiger" Price