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Six easy pieces : Easy Rawlins stories
Walter Mosley
Adult Fiction MOSLEY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Fans of Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries received a bonus when Washington Square recently reissued in trade paper the six novels that preceded the latest one, Bad Boy Brawly Brown (2002). Each reprint contained an original short story featuring Easy. Now, those stories and a seventh never before published have been gathered together in a volume that's something of a patchwork but still vintage Mosley. In his mid-forties, with a makeshift but tight family and a respectable and responsible job, Easy no longer needs to depend on trading favors to earn a living. But these stories reflect a more restless and reckless man-one who finds himself being drawn to the street life he thought he had left behind. Energized and unsettled by rumors that the dangerous and unpredictable Raymond Alexander, better known as Mouse, might still be alive, Easy undertakes to determine the truth. That extended search also finds Easy undertaking a number of jobs that recall his forte of being a black man more capable than most of dealing with the volatile intersection of blacks and whites in Los Angeles. In short order he investigates arson, murder, a missing person and other crimes. The linked stories form an extended search not only for Mouse but also for answers as Easy confronts the familiar demons of mid-life crisis. Easy occupies center stage, surrounded by a stellar cast of both new and familiar characters, while the spirit of Mouse hovers enticingly nearby. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

For Easy Rawlins fans, a new installment is an eagerly awaited treat, but a second volume on the heels of the recent Bad Boy Brawley Brown is a Christmas and birthday present rolled into one. Despite the title, this collection actually sports seven short stories, six of which appeared in Washington Square Press's 2002 reprints of the Easy novels, with the seventh bonus story unique to this volume. Each features its own crime, investigation, and solution, but there are common elements throughout the stories that also allow this book to function as a loosely knit novel. Recent Rawlins outings expounded on the black experience in America. These grittier pieces, however, focus more on the mystery. Easy also of late has been struggling to escape his street life for legitimate work and an adopted family, but here has found a comfortable balance between dealing with killers and raising his kids. Mosley throws a lucky seven with this rock solid addition to the Easy Rawlins series. Highly recommended.-Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 43
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