Here are new Easy Rawlins mysteries--original short stories from the "New York Times" bestselling and award-winning mystery author. This handsome collection contains six interconnected stories. Abridged.
From the acclaimed bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series who has been deemed "one of America's best mystery writers" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a tale about a murdered man who does not want to go to heaven or hell--he'd rather have his old life in Harlem. Tempest Landry is neither a good nor a bad man, but an average man trying to survive. Sure, he stole money from his mother's church, but he used it to pay for his aunt's groceries while she was recovering from pneumonia. And yes, Tiny Henderson went to jail because of Tempest's white lie, but the brutal rapist and murderer deserved it. After a cop "accidentally" kills Tempest, Tempest is denied access to heaven for his sins. But he brazenly refuses St. Peter's command to proceed to hell--he would just as soon settle for his old life in Harlem. Temporarily stymied, St. Peter grants Tempest his wish--but in a different body and with a guardian angel following him around who is determined to convert him to righteousness. But the devil is also in the running for Tempest's soul--and he wants it in a bad way. In this episodic and humorous homage to Langston Hughes' prescient narrator Jess B. Simple, readers are lured into the never-ending debate on the nature of good and evil. The Tempest Tales explores the provoking questions: Is sin the same for people of different races? Is sin judged the same for the poor as it is for the rich? And ultimately, who really gets to decide?
No more excuses. "Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls," bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. Anyone can write a novel now, and in this essential book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Walter Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish it in one year. Intended as both inspiration and instruction, the book provides the tools to turn out a first draft painlessly and then revise it into something finer. Mosley tells how to: *Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer's needs--and how to stick to it. *Determine the narrative voice that's right for every writer's style. *Get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of a story.
In his late teens and early twenties, Walter Mosley was addicted to alcohol and cigarettes. Drawing from this intimate knowledge of addiction and recovery, Mosley explores the deviances of contemporary America and describes a society in thrall to its own consumption. Although Americans live in the richest country on earth, many citizens exist on the brink of poverty, and from that profound economic inequality stems self-destructive behavior. InTwelve Steps to Political Revelation, Mosley outlines a guide to recovery from oppression. First we must identify the problems that surround us. Next we must actively work together to create a just, more holistic society. And finally, power must be returned to the embrace of the people. Challenging and original,Recovery confrontsboth self-understanding and how we define ourselves in relation to others.
Socrates Fortlow, the widely praised hero of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, returns in this powerful new exploration of life outside the law in modern-day Los Angeles. Nine years after his release from prison, he has a girlfriend, a steady job, and a two-legged dog. Socrates' new responsibilities make finding the right path even harder -- especially when the police make him their first suspect in every crime within six blocks. In each chapter of Walkin' the Dog, Socrates challenges a different conundrum of life, and Walter Mosley gives us one of the most enduring fictional characters to come along in years.
Errol is awakened again by a strange prank caller asking for him by name and claiming to be his father who has been dead for several years. It feels like a surreal call from the grave, until Erroll hears the unmistakable sound of a handset being put down on a table. Curious, and not a little unnerved, he sneaks into the graveyard where his father is buried. What he finds there will change his life forever. But once Errol's been touched by the Wave, a presence infecting the planet, can anything be the same again? With the bold imagination that made Blue Light a bestseller, Walter Mosley returns to science fiction with a novel both eerie and transcendent.
Bestselling author of mysteries and other novels challenges African Americans to take a decisive role in bringing about world peace.
'Watts, 1956. Young women of easy virtue are being murdered and mutilated in especially repellent fashion. The police and the press pay little attention, as long as the victims are Negroes but when a young white woman is similarly killed, the powers that be demand action. Problem is that the powers that be have little entree to the neighborhood. Sounds like a case for Easy Rawlins - the unlicensed, unofficial and very off-the-books black detective. . . 'Los Angeles Times'Times, leaders and heroes change. . . It seems somehow fitting that Bill Clinton's favorite do-gooder is Easy Rawlins, a savvy, down-to-earth African-American private eye based in Los Angeles. In White Butterfly, good-time girls, corrupt politicians and other crime-novel fixtures are all in place. But Walter Mosley's writing hums with the particular rhythms and blues of the black American experience. What makes these books special is their vivid portrayal of life in the side streets where Philip Marlow seldom ventured. 'Time
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