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Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories Paperback – September 1, 2003
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More About the Author
Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, including national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RL's Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin' the Dog. He lives in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
Six Easy Pieces is a book of seven different stories reminding fans of who Ezekiel Rawlins is (as if we had forgotten) and what he does that makes us love him so. Mosley shows us a forty-four year old man who over time has become a senior janitor at Sojourner Truth Junior High School, a property owner, the father of two, and the lover of one. Despite all of that, each story has a friend needing his help and in spite of himself Easy ends up in the middle of all the action.
Mr. Mosley moves Easy easily through the city of Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California. He is involved with a little bit of everyone doing a little bit of everything. In the story Smoke, Easy investigates arson at his school, in Crimson Stain he investigates the death of a prostitute who found religion, in Lavender he is chasing after a Black boy with his nose wide open behind a flirtatious rich White girl, and in Gray Eyed-Death his past comes bursting back on the scene with a vengeance. These are just four of the seven exciting stories.
Easy Rawlins fans will enjoy this book because Mosley gives you small pieces of Easy and his friends in well told stories and good pacing to keep you reading until the end. This is especially good for those who want to satisfy a small itch but have limited time to read a whole Easy Rawlins Mystery. Those who haven't read Easy Rawlins Mysteries before will get recaps to bring you up to speed but will probably find yourself needing to read the other books to get a complete picture. (And that is not a bad thing.) Walter Mosley does it again and I just want him to keep doing it over and over and over again.
Although it was fun to re-read material published before, I had moments of disappointment with this volume. The constant repitition of facts that you already knew was an annoyance as you moved from story to story. In many cases the story ended to abruptly with you wondering how did Easy get from point A to point B so quickly? In truth I wished that this volume had been an entirely new collection of Easy stories and not just a compilation of older ones. Don't me get me wrong. The book is good but fans of Easy's deserve something new and fresh.
Readers who are unfamiliar with Easy will find great collection for them to whet their appetites for more of his adventures. Those of us who are oldtime fans will like the work for its collector's value and will yearn for something new from the author's pen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good Easy Rawlings collection of short stories that are yet tied together. I love the writing style Highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I can't wait to read these but, I have a question. If I wanted to read the Easy Rawlins books in order what would that order be?Published 5 months ago by J. H. Swain
Fantastic as always. I love Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins and his escapades. I will read his books and long as he continues to write themPublished 6 months ago by Bree Isabeau III
Hard to figure out what's happening in the first half hour. But, then the pieces start falling into place. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John C. Winters
Love Easy Rawlins. He has a good heart and wants to make a difference for others. His focus on family and the community is applauded.Published 8 months ago by Pamela Johnson
Walter Mosley is a consummate author, and I keep coming back to his works. He has created some of the most memorable narrators, such as the famous Ezekiel Rawlings, who goes by... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Abigail