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Gone Fishin'

Mosley, Walter

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ISBN 10: 1574780255 / ISBN 13: 9781574780253
Published by Black Classics Press, 1997
Used Condition: Very Good In Yellow Wrappers Soft cover
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Baltimore. 1997. Black Classics Press. Advance Reading Copy. Very Good In Yellow Wrappers. 244 pages. January 1997. paperback. WALTER MOSLEY is the author of six books: DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1990), A RED DEATH (1991), WHITE BUTTERFLY (1991), BLACK BETTY (1994), and A LITTLE YELLOW DOG (1996) in the Easy Rawlins mystery series; and RL’S DREAM (1995), a blues novel. A new character, Socrates Fortlow, was introduced in a collection of stories entitled ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED ALWAYS OUTGUNNED. A native of Los Angeles, Walter Mosley now lives in New York City. 1574780255. keywords: 41208. inventory # 34600. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Critics and fans agree: there is magic and genius in the novels of Walter Mosley. The Wall Street Journal describes them as ‘at once exotic and believable, filled with memorable individuals and morally complex situations. Mosley and his unforgettable characters, Ezekiel Easy Rawlins and Raymond Mouse Alexander, arrived on the scene in 1990 with the publication of the highly acclaimed DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS. With the enormous success of the four subsequent Easy Rawlins mysteries, Mouse and Easy are becoming two of America’s most-wanted heroes. An unparalleled intimacy with these characters keeps Mosley’s fans addicted. They cannot get enough - demanding more magic and genius, and more Mouse and Easy. Mosley does not know how to refuse. In GONE FISHIN’ he delivers big, taking readers on a tangled and eventful trip to the very beginnings of the Easy Rawlins mysteries. The setting: Houston, 1939. Easy and Mouse are young men just setting out in life. Easy has yet to develop his skill for unraveling the secrets of others, and Mouse has yet to kill his first man. All will soon change. Although he’s frightened that Mouse may know of his earlier liaison with EttaMae, nineteen-year-old Easy Rawlins agrees to drive his friend to Pariah, Texas. Traveling in a 1936 Ford Mouse has borrowed, the two begin a journey to retrieve money from Mouse’s stepfather, daddyReese - money the volatile Mouse wants to use to begin his marriage to EttaMae. They are soon engulfed in a shrouded bayou world of voodoo, sex, revenge, and death that changes their lives and entwines their destinies. Easy and Mouse come of age in GONE FISHIN’ as they are compelled to examine their friendship and other relationships that have shaped their lives. Both young men take a closer look at their love and memories of their mothers and are forced to deal with the fathers in their lives - Easy yearning for the one he hardly knew, Mouse vengeful over the one he was left. Out of these memories and interactions, each must somehow forge his own sense of manhood. As Mosley takes Easy and Mouse - and the reader - on this journey to manhood, he weaves together a remarkable cast of friends and foes, who are introduced here for the first time and will later appear in the Easy Rawlins mysteries. For die-hard Mosley fans, here’s a chance to unravel some of the mystery surrounding these characters; and for new readers, this is the moment to get caught up in the magic. Bookseller Inventory # 34600

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Title: Gone Fishin'

Publisher: Black Classics Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: paperback

Book Condition:Very Good In Yellow Wrappers

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A prequel to the Easy Rawlins mystery series finds a nineteen-year-old Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins and his companion, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander, on a perilous 1939 odyssey that takes them from Houston to a mysterious bayou world of voodoo, sex, revenge, and death. 150,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo. Tour. IP.


Gone Fishin' actually marks the first appearance of Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, as well as his homicide-prone sidekick Raymond "Mouse" Alexander. But the story takes place in 1939, when both protagonists are still living in Houston. This is no tightly plotted mystery, but an atmospheric coming-of-age story, which gives the reluctant Easy an education in sex and death, family and forgiveness. As always, Mosley's prose is a marvel: musical, funny, and full of no-frills lyricism. And the unfolding of Easy's character is every bit as gripping as the breakneck plotting of the later installment.

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