Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Walter Mosley books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- This Year You Write Your Novel (2009)
- Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery (Easy Rawlins Series) (2017)
- Down the River unto the Sea (2019)
- DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS – An Easy Rawlins Mystery (1991)
- And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Leonid McGill Mystery (2016)
- The Wave by Walter Mosley (2007-01-01) ()
- Black Betty: An Easy Rawlins Novel (4) (Easy Rawlins Mystery) (2002)
- Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (2015)
- WHITE BUTTERFLY. (1992)
- Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories (8) (Easy Rawlins Mystery) (2003)
- John Woman (2019)
- The Long Fall (Leonid McGill) (2010)
- 47 by Mosley, Walter Reprint Edition [Paperback(2006)] ()
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.
Easy Rawlins has started a new detective agency with two trusted partners and has a diamond ring in his pocket for his longtime girlfriend Bonnie Shay. Finally, Easy’s life seems to be heading towards something that looks like normalcy, but, inevitably, a case gets in the way. Easy’s friend Mouse calls in a favor—he wants Easy to meet with Rufus Tyler, an aging convict whom everyone calls Charcoal Joe.
Down the River unto the Sea (2019)
Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD’s finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise.
Devil in a Blue Dress is a 1990 hardboiled mystery novel by Walter Mosley, his first published book. The text centers on the main character, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, and his transformation from a day laborer into a detective.
P.I. Leonid McGill isn’t usually one to refuse a case. But when Hiram Stent, a man down on his luck, begs him to find a cousin who is about to inherit millions of dollars, he senses something fishy. His instincts prove right: The night after he turns Hiram away, Hiram is found dead and Leonid’s office is broken into.
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For most black Americans, these were times of hope. For former P.I. Easy Rawlins, Los Angeles’s mean streets were never meaneror more deadly. Ordinarily, Easy would have thrown the two bills in the sleazy shamus’ face — the white man who wanted him to find the notorious Black Betty, an ebony siren whose talent for all things rich and male took her from Houston’s Fifth Ward to Beverly Hills.
Millions of men and (no doubt many) women have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare—she of the blond wig and blue contacts—“do it” on television and computer screens in every combination of partners and positions imaginable.
WHITE BUTTERFLY. (1992)
White Butterfly by Walter Mosley. Pocket Books, Inc.,1992
Easy should be living a contented life, with steady work as senior head custodian of Sojourner Truth High School, and a loving family. But happiness is as elusive for Easy as smoke in shadows. Easy’s the man folks seek out when they can’t take their problems to anyone else. Trading favors and investigating cases of arson, murder, missing persons, and false accusations, it’s hard to steer clear of trouble.
John Woman (2019)
A convention-defying novel by bestselling writer Walter Mosley, John Woman recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor―while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows. At twelve years old, Cornelius, the son of an Italian-American woman and an older black man from Mississippi named Herman, secretly takes over his father’s job at a silent film theater in New York’s East Village.
Leonid McGill is an ex-boxer and a hard drinker looking to clean up his act. He’s an old-school P.I. working a New York City that’s gotten a little too fancy all around him. But it’s still full of dirty secrets, and as McGill unearths them, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be tested to the limit
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Best Walter Mosley Books You Should Read
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Author(s): Walter Mosley
ID: 2692994, Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Year: 24.5.2014, Size: 388 Kb, Format: fb2
Conversations with Walter Mosley (Literary Conversations Series)
Author(s): Owen E. Brady (Editor)
ID: 808691, Publisher: University Press of Mississippi, Year: 2011, Size: 844 Kb, Format: pdf
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ID: 473828, Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover, Year: 2010, Size: 387 Kb, Format: pdf
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