Title: A Red Death
Publication Date: 1991
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1991. Norton. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 284 pages. July 1991. hardcover. Jacket design by Hugh O'Neill, Jacket illustration by John Jinks. 0393029980. keywords: Mystery Black America. inventory # 21325. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Walter Mosley’s universally praised debut novel, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, introduced readers to the most original new voice in American crime writing in years. Of that novel and its winning detective hero, the Chicago Tribune raved, ‘I, for one, can’t wait to find out where Easy Rawlins’ hard life is going to take him next.’ Eager readers will find out in A RED DEATH, which plunges Easy deep into the political, legal, and moral tar pits of Los Angeles in the early fifties, when Red-baiting and blacklisting were official policy and racial tensions boiled. Easy is now out of ‘the hurting business,’ and into the housing (and the favor) business, on the strength of funds dating from his earlier advent ures. He’s a little older, a little wiser - and in a lot more trouble. He suddenly finds a corrupt, racist IRS agent breathing down his neck (and reaching for his wallet) about some unpaid taxes. His only out: cut a deal with the FBI to infiltrate the First African Baptist Church and spy on a former Polish resistance fighter suspected of stealing defense plans. Meanwhile, Easy’s romantic life becomes equally complicated and dangerous when he takes in his old flame Etta Mae Harris. Hard on her heels is Raymond ‘Mouse’ Alexander, her ex-husband, Easy’s best friend, a dark, gleefully homicidal angel. Then the murders begin and the LAPD decides that Easy is a convenient suspect. His search for the actual murderer must be conducted in an ethical mine field, where the stark choice is between betrayal and survival. A RED DEATH again displays Walter Mosley’s wonderful strengths: a hypnotic narrative voice, crackling dialogue, wonderful subsidiary chara cters, the vivid sense of an almost mythical Los Angeles - and a hero with a winning combination of hard-boiled attitude and hard-earned compassion. It is clearly the work of an emerging master of American crime writing. Bookseller Inventory # 21325
It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow "Easy Rawlins."Easy is out of " the hurting business" and into the housing (and the favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. FBI Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First African Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist union organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin...
About the Author: Walter Mosley is the author of four previous mystery novels in the Easy Rawlins series: Devil in a Blue Dress (basis for the acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington), A Red Death, White Butterfly, and Black Betty, a New York Times bestseller. In August 1995 he published his first non-genre novel, RL's Dream, to widespread praise. Mosley is the current president of the Mystery Writers of America, a member of the executive board of the PEN American Center and founder of its Open Book Committee, and is on the board of directors of the National Book Awards. His novels are now published in eighteen countries. He is at work on a book featuring a new character, a philosophical and tough ex-convict named Socrates Fortlow; sections have already appeared in Esquire and GQ. A native of Los Angeles, Mosley lives in New York City.
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