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Black Betty

Mosley, Walter

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ISBN 10: 0393036448 / ISBN 13: 9780393036442
Published by W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated, NY, 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. This is a very clean, fresh and nice first printing. An increasingly uncommon first edition in collector's condition. Unclipped. Remainder mark, endpaper has a tiny sticker. It ain't easy being Easy. Especially not now, as Mosley brings his much-admired, reluctant L.A. sleuth, Easy Rawlins, to the cusp of the 1960s without his wife and daughter, his real estate riches or the hopes and ambitions that fueled his earlier years. Easy must grab at the $400 he's offered to locate Elizabeth Eady, a missing housekeeper who several years and a few lifetimes away was "Black Betty," a sensual presence on the Houston streets where he grew up. Easy understands that Betty (". . . a great shark of a woman. Men died in her wake") has a mythical importance to him, but he doesn't know why the rich and dysfunctional California family she recently worked for is offering so much money to find her, or why her brother Marlon is also missing--and likely dead, given the spilled blood found in his place. Easy isn't always able to concentrate on the case. His pal Mouse, just out of the slammer, wants help finding the guy who sold him out to the cops; all the rage Mouse acts unthinkingly on, Easy feels too and struggles to contain. In measured, quietly emotive prose, Mosley moves his work away from conventional genre fiction, tinkering, abandoning and later returning to the mystery element. Nevertheless, the solution fully satisfies as Easy opts for smaller victories--not the white man's riches, but maybe a few bucks in his pocket and some time with the two adopted kids that now constitute his family. Bookseller Inventory # 000778

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Title: Black Betty

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated, NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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Black Betty: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

About the Author:

Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, and the novels Blue Light, RL's Dream, Futureland and Fearless Jones, as well as two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow - Walkin' the Dog and Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned for which he received the Anisfield-Wold award. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.

 Stanley Bennett Clay has received three NAACP Theatre Awards for writing, directing, and co-producing the critically acclaimed play Ritual, as well as a Pan African Film Festival Jury Award for the film adaptation. Clay has also narrated three titles written by Walter Mosley and published by Macmillan Audio – Black Betty, A Red Death, and White Butterfly.  His television credits include appearances on Cheers, The Wanda Sykes Show, and M*A*S*H

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