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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
Good plot and good perspective on the L.A. riots from Easy's perspective. Easy gets a workout -- from cops, women, his family, and neighborhood bullies but manages to work through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Clarke
Mosley is a wonderful writer. His descriptions of Los Angeles and the people who live there are right on target. I'll read more of these.Published 3 months ago by Paddler
What an exciting read. I am a long time lover of Walter Mosley's work. The plot has so many interesting nuances, the setting of the riots and interactions of the many character... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peggie S Tillman
A captivating mystery set in Los Angeles during the Watts Riot. Mosley is a fascinating story teller.Published 7 months ago by GOOD CRIP
Mosley has to be one of the most insightful minds out there. he is able to get into the black experience, and convey it to a wide audience better then just about anyone. Read morePublished 7 months ago by paul harris