Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Novel (Easy Rawlins Mystery #1) (Paperback)

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Easy Rawlins just needs to make his mortgage payment. Being a decorated war hero doesn't count for much in segregated Los Angeles in 1948, so, when Easy is laid off from his factory job, he doesn't ask too many questions about an opportunity for fast money. Thrust into an unfamiliar world of double-dealing gangsters and killer cops on the take, he has to teach himself to be a private eye if he wants to keep his life. In this urgent, neo-noir thriller, the pages turn so fast they might catch fire.

— From Steven

Description


Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse.

Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

About the Author


Walter Mosley is the acclaimed author of forty-three books, including the internationally bestselling Easy Rawlins series. His best known Easy Rawlins novels include Devil in a Blue Dress, A Red Death, White Butterfly, Black Betty, and Little Yellow Dog. He is also the author of the collection of stories Always Outnumbered. Always Outgunned featuring Socrates Fortlow, which was the basis for an HBO feature film. A former president of the Mystery Writers of America, he was named a grand master by the organization in 2016. He has served on the board of directors of the National Book Foundation and is a recipient of the PEN American Center Lifetime Achievement Award. A native of Los Angeles, he now lives in New York City.

Praise For…


"A suspenseful novel of human detection more than simply a detective novel....[Mosley is] a talented author with something vital to say about the distance between the black and white worlds, and with a dramatic way to say it."
— The New York Times

"Richly atmospheric...Devil in a Blue Dress honors the hard-boiled tradition of Hamett/Chandler/Cain in its story line line and attitude, but Mosley takes us down some mean streets that his spiritual predecessors never could have...A fast moving, entertaining story written with impressive style. This kind of book that leaves you yearning to read more about Easy Rawlins' adventures."
— Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The social commentary is sly, the dialogue is fabulous, the noir atmosphere so real you could touch it. A first novel? That what they say. Amazing. Smashing."
— Cosmopolitan


Product Details
ISBN: 9780743451796
ISBN-10: 0743451791
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: September 17th, 2002
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Easy Rawlins Mystery