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All I Did Was Shoot My Man (Leonid McGill Mystery) Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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*Starred Review* Leonid McGill has spent a life in crime but has managed to avoid the long arm of the law. Now he works as a de facto investigator, valued because of his access to the criminal underworld and his familiarity with the police. Years ago, Zella Grisham found her lover, Harry Tangelo, in bed with another woman. Zella had no memory of shooting Harry, but all the evidence pointed to her. After seven years in prison, Zella is out and looking to clear her name. Who better to help than Leonid? He begins the investigation but is constantly distracted by his own dissolving family. By tacit agreement, his wife, Katrina, has taken many lovers, looking for a man to take her away from Leonid. No one has fit the bill, leaving her frustrated and depressed. Now she’s drinking far too much. One of McGill’s sons is moving in with an ex-prostitute, the other has a talent for crime, and McGill’s father, long thought dead, resurfaces under an alias. Mosley has long used the crime novel as a framework for poignant explorations of the human condition. McGill is a dogged, tough investigator, but those qualities aren’t necessarily going to hold his family together. Compassion, wisdom, and forgiveness are needed and prove as tough to find as Harry Tangelo’s real killer. Mosley is a master, and this is among his best. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Mosley always draws a crowd, but his last few novels have been less than his best. A return to form here, backed by strong marketing, should signal strong sales. --Wes Lukowsky
Praise for All I Did Was Shoot My Man
“The best [McGill] book yet.”—The Boston Globe
“Like the city he works in, and the Mosley books he inhabits, Leonid McGill is complicated, savvy and full of surprises: a would-be champ who can't win for losing, a fighter who can never be counted out.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A big city never looks the same once you've walked its streets with a hard-boiled private eye. preferably someone as perceptive and thoughtful as Leonid McGill…[He] doesn't so much walk the city as case it for danger. Keeping pace with him is as much an education as an adventure.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Mosley ratchets up the tension with each new installment in his compelling series.”—Star-Ledger
“Walter Mosley has proven over and over again during the past two decades that he is not only one of America’s greatest mystery writers, but is one of America’s greatest writers period—an American literary treasure. And in All I Did Was Shoot My Man…Mosley has given us one of his best works ever. In Leonid McGill, Mosley has created a character Dostoyevsky would have loved. [He] has written a mystery novel that transcends the genre—a private-eye story for the new, uncertain and constantly dangerous century. All I Did Was Shoot My Man is one of the best books of [the year] and you can’t help but root for Leonid McGill. We have much to look forward to with this series. Kudos to Walter Mosley.”—BookReporter.com
“The best in the series to date…complex, satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly
“Exceptional storytelling.”—Library Journal
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top customer reviews
The story overall was very good, I must say with each story the nonsense of McGill's life as he is dealing with his cases are getting more and more complex which makes for great story. The downfall to me is that the mystery aspect of the stories are always interesting cases he picks up and also rough but conniving ways of solving the cases makes for great reading but the conclusion and intricacies of solving the cases are sometimes often confusing. But I am looking forward to reading the next!
Antwan Floyd Sr. author of Piece Keeper (The Black Love Series Book 1)
I can see Mosley almost hinting at another series, perhaps a younger PI,......interesting. The ending was very surprising, because of a meeting that didn't happen. I was actually looking forward to the encounter that perhaps may come in the next book. You can rarely go wrong with any Mosley book and this one is no exception.
Leonid McGill is a man with a dark past that while he says he wants to forget it, he can't and probably will never. In this book, he needs to look into a robbery that seemingly was solved years prior by the arrest and imprisonment of Zella, but Leonid planted evidence at the time that led to her conviction when she was innocent. Upon her release from prison, Leonid is there to pick her up and get her life back on track.
Weighed down by guilt, Leonid gets involved in the mystery of who did do the robbery and why they want Zella and him dead.
The crime part of the storyline is fine but like a number of his predecessors in the field, it is the side stories that really make the book. Mosley tells a good story filled with human emotion that makes his work worth reading.
Lots of characters so one needs to try and keep track of them but it is worth it.
Although I would never fall asleep in a park, I found it interesting how LT was so comfortable going back to Central Park, back to the very location where he slept as a kid during his homeless experiences, and just allowing himself to completely succumb to sleep in just moments.
I enjoyed how LT cleared his mind while on his many journeys. How he thought things thru, created scenarios, analyzed events and came to conclusions as he was on his way to his home on the Upper West Side and walking past buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
I found LT to be a real character, an interesting guy, often sensitive and more often intense. He spent a lot of time sizing everybody that he came in contact with up. He knew how to gain position in his relationships quickly and effectively. He applied his boxing training to many situations in his life. In fact, I loved the boxing analogies through out the book.
I would not want to marry the guy, or even care about him as a dear friend or family member. However he does make an interesting character to read about.