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Blonde Faith (Easy Rawlins #11)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,907 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Chrismas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that the ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems. The love of his life is marrying another man a ...more
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Published October 10th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 12, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardboiled
”Most beauty fades upon closer examination. Coarse features, unnoticed awkwardness, false teeth, scars, alcoholism, or just plain dumb; there is an abundance of possible flaws that we might miss on first sight. These blemishes are what we come to love in time. We are drawn to the illusion and stay for the reality that makes up the woman.”

Easy Rawlins always has plenty of problems of his own, but he would much rather focus on other people’s problems. When Easter, daughter of Christmas Black, show
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jo
well i finished this. it wasn't entirely easy (ha ha) because it's a dark, bitter novel about personal failure and social dysfunction. that people survive at all is due to occasional encounters with the milk of human kindness, in the form mainly of a) adorable little girls, b) women who are generous with their natural gifts and c) easy rawlins. too bad that easy rawlins seems to be pretty much at the end of his tether. one less source of kindness in the world.

mosley's indictment of the pervasive
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Dirk
Sep 27, 2008 Dirk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of Walter Mosley back about the time Bill Clinton was elected President, the first time. In some interview or another he said that his favorite write was Walter Mosley. Usually when a politician is asked for their favorite book or author they answer with something that makes them sound religious (The Bible) or smart somehow (some old Greek dude). I was sort of intrigued by Clinton’s answer so I checked for Mosley at the library. Most of his books are about a black guy in L.A. (Easy ...more
Carol
Oct 21, 2007 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Walter Mosley readers
Shelves: suspense
Excellent book!
I could'nt keep the book down!
I have to say "Blonde Faith" is one of my favorite books by Walter Mosley.
Walter Mosely is a creative auther each page is full of suspense and mystery.
Sheryl
May 04, 2011 Sheryl rated it it was ok
Shelves: car-e-books
I couldn't finish this. It was so much moping about Bonnie who he loved dearly but just couldn't call in a whole year. And it was very slow, at least to where I stopped listening to it. After reading all the great reviews, I wonder if I should give it another chance. But I don't think so. The names annoyed me too, although I could get past them if the story was better.
Carl R.
May 07, 2012 Carl R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Easy Rawlins will probably be upset somewhat by this book, though you have to read all the way to the last page to find out why I say that. You won’t hear it from me. For most of the book Mosley gives us Easy in his usual incarnation--a streetwise detective who is both too sensitive and too intellectual to be messing around in the criminal world. He quotes Shakespeare and Hegel as he goes about trying to help the innocent distressed and punish the iniquitous distressers. He broods (“I sa ...more
Sam
Jan 05, 2016 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a fan but the way every woman Easy met was a knockout who happened to want him (see Etta Mae, Faith, Tourmaline, Chevette, Belinda, etc) really put me off, made the story unrealistic. Easy is a bitter aging man who is eaten up inside with regret- how is he irresistible to every female he comes across?
The women in this book really lacked nuance of any kind and there's a point when he goes on and on about Leafa, the special good looking child. Too bad her other siblings were just nois
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Chrissy
Jul 10, 2016 Chrissy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like his writing and his unique use of language. Easy is a great character but this one seems to just be too much. Overly convoluted and sometimes hard to follow. Easy's angst over his lost love grew tedious, his fall(s) from a variety of graces were all over the place and the ending was ridiculous. Might go back to some of the older ones.
Mary Newcomb
Easy Rawlins is helping his friend, then things get complicated. LA in 1968 was not always a friendly place, Mosley puts it in fascinating, lyrical perspective. The final section of this tale is not one I relished, even though I knew it was coming.

Derrek
Mar 20, 2014 Derrek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. As always, Mosley's poignant statements on race in America hit hard. I loved this book all the way to the bitter end. This may be my favorite in the Easy Rawlins series (right next to Little Scarlet & Little Yellow Dog)
Jactitation
It's not his strongest, but there's some interesting stuff about Easy in there. And the ending...well, nothing's ever as final with Mosely as it seems, but damn.
Linda Wormely
Jul 11, 2017 Linda Wormely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walter Mosley NEVER Disappoints!!!

Love me some Easy Rawlins!!! Walter Mosley NEVER disappoints...NEVER. Been enjoying Mr. Mosley's masterpieces for a really long time, but I'm running a little behind. So please excuse me as I pursue gem #12, #13, etc. in this series. Peace,
Kate
Mar 03, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more a drama than anything, but still very enjoyable.
Mitchell Colgan
Oct 27, 2016 Mitchell Colgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wanted more.
Jeanette
This was the first Easy Rawlins book I've read. It's the tenth in the series, and, perhaps, the last. I could tell that there were many previous situations and interactions amongst the characters, as they were referred to often. That didn't hamper my ability to enjoy reading the book. And I did enjoy it.[return][return]At first, I couldn't get past the characters' names (Christmas, Easter Dawn, Feather, Chevette, etc.), but I pushed through anyway. Turned out to be a good story, well-written.[re ...more
Spiros
Aug 20, 2007 Spiros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Raymond Chandler
Shelves: arc, california
For reasons that are entirely unclear to me, I have fallen completely out of touch with the writings of Walter Mosley. I read the first six Easy Rawlins mysteries, and enjoyed them very much. I liked RL's Dream, and was captivated by the two Socrates Fortlow books. At this very moment I could probably find hardcover copies of the three Easy Rawlins novels which I haven't read in the bargain bins at work; all this raises the question, what made me stop reading Walter Mosley? Was I dubious of the ...more
Deon Stonehouse
Easy is in a melancholy state, male pride has left him estranged from his woman. He knows he should pick up the phone to call Bonnie, try to patch things back together. He never summons the strength to make the call. His bright spot in life is from his children, they mean the world to him. Feather is still a little girl, but Jesus has grown up to be a fine man. Easy is now a grandfather, Bonita and Jesus have a little baby of their own. Easy keeps thinking of that phone and calling Bonnie, but i ...more
Juanita
Jan 31, 2016 Juanita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review: Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley. As far as I 19m concerned this book was an understatement for a detective thriller. It 19s part of the 1CEasy Rawlins Series 1D, book ten no less. I either read the worst book of the series or the nine before lead up to this disaster. This was the first book I 19ve read by this Author and will someday possibly choose another to read. I won 19t be reading another one from this Author for awhile t and then only to give the Author another chance.

The book was u
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Iowa City Public Library
The cat escaped the bag in the 10/14 New York Times Book Review, where a full page ad with this headline, asked the question, "Is this really the end for Easy?" Blonde Faith, just out, is the eleventh title in this fine series, which follows a tough, black detective thru post-war Watts into the mid-60′s. It’s also a kind of social history of black society during that time, full of surprises and insights for the white reader.

Blonde Faith is pretty dark, even for this series. Easy’s ad hoc family
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PinkieBrown
Catching up with a character I lost touch with years back, Easy Rawlins has gathered a large (confusing?) cast of supporting characters starring one prime psychopathic charmer, Mouse. Mosley hides his ace up his sleeve for most of the book; a clever move and the mere mention of Ray Alexander's name gets a frightened reaction enough to power the story.

Mosley wants to chronicle the struggles of a black man playing detective and therefore rubbing up wrong with authority. Rawlins will instinctively
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Mary Rowe
Feb 17, 2017 Mary Rowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lyrical, tragic, quintessential Easy Rawlins; heartbreak, despair, revenge, death and destruction. Love and family. Los Angeles, perfectly preserved in print.
George
Nov 19, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I suppose the plot was a little too complex. By that i mean that it was never clear why he was persuing who he persued to clear up the mystery, but i suppose this is they way PI's might really work. Just rattling witnesses until something happens. His powers of observation are remarkable, and the sub texts of his failed relationship, and lost friendships make the book believable.

I remember reading somewhere that where to white people black people (or asians) all look alike; but i believe the co
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Susan Jones
Book Description
Publication Date: August 6, 2008
Easy Rawlins comes home from work, and finds more trouble on his doorstep in a day than most men encounter in a lifetime.

A friend has left his daughter at Easy's house without so much as a note. Clearly this friend, Christmas Black, a veteran of Vietnam, fears for his life and his daughter's.

Easy's closest friend, the man known as Mouse, has disappeared too--and his wife tells Easy that he is wanted for murder. Mouse has been a thorn in the police
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Cassandra Wilder
Thanks to reading Vern's Book site, Prissy Book Snob Blog, I discovered Walter Mosley. I am glad she didn't disappoint me! Blonde Faith was my first book by Walter Mosley AND my first Easy Rawlins Thriller. I really enjoyed reading this book. The continuous twists and turns of the plot kept me wanting more. I like how Mosley make Easy so real. The imagery and dialogue draws the reader into a world unknown but familiar. Easy Rawlins is almost your suspicious but likable neighbor next door. Even t ...more
Larry Piper
One characteristic of a good book is that the author makes you care about the protagonist. One reason Great Expectations is so good is that you care deeply about Pip's adventures. "Oh no", you say, "what's going to happen to Pip?" And so you read on, fully engaged in Pip's life.

So too, it would seem with Walter Mosley's character Easy Rawlins. By mere chance, I got two Easy Rawlins' books to take on vacation, and again by chance, they followed in chronological order. After I finished the second
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Wendy
Jul 23, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Easy Rawlins books are compulsively readable mysteries. I've always enjoyed the unusual (to this white suburban girl) perspective on recent American history, and if it sometimes seems like Mosley is hitting us over the head with racism, that is only because for most non-white Americans, life hits them over the head with racism every day. My main complaint about the series is that every single woman Easy meets is dying to go to bed with him. All of them. Bad girls, good girls, married women, ...more
Aurora Vaca
Nov 25, 2014 Aurora Vaca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first experience with Walter Mosley and with Easy Rawlins(other than watching the movie "Devil In A Blue Dress"). I freakin LOVED this book. I want to read the entire series. The book read as a conversation with a black man from the 60's who has seen and done more than most. Mosley's excellent. use of imagery brought me into the book... I heard the sounds, tasted the food and air, and could actually see the places Easy visited and the wide array of people he encountered.

Without givin
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Tasha
Mosley is a very good writer and I enjoyed the story, it was a mystery which I typically like. The thing is, it took place in the late 60's ealy 70's and is told by a black man... so there are a lot of statements and remarks that were used in the writing (which were very true of the time) but made it hard for me to read because they are offensive and very racial. It was also a very eye opening read in that it made me think about reading (as a consumer) from the black perspective. Most books are ...more
Judith
Jul 22, 2009 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blonde Faith, by Walter Mosley, is the latest and possibly the last of the Easy Rawlins mysteries, ten thrillers set in race-torn Los Angeles in the post-war days of the Red Scare, the Watts Riots, and the Vietnam War. Blonde Faith opens with the arrival of a little girl at Easy’s house, the daughter of a friend who has disappeared. By the time Easy is onto why and perhaps where he disappeared to, he has had to send his own family into hiding to protect them all. Easy’s voice makes it all person ...more
Joann
Sep 02, 2013 Joann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually add all the mysteries I read on my Goodreads list, but the 10th Easy Rawlins "thriller" is just that. Mosley has the ability to create a host of believable characters described in short, precise language - "a big black man who resembled a walrus in size, shape and skin color. He even had a drooping salt-and-pepper mustasche." Read one of the Rawlins series and you will never forget Flower, Jesus, Etta Mae, Mouse, Jewelle, Jackson Blue and the other inhabitants of the post-Watts r ...more
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Easy Rawlins (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • A Red Death (Easy Rawlins #2)
  • White Butterfly (Easy Rawlins #3)
  • Black Betty (Easy Rawlins #4)
  • A Little Yellow Dog (Easy Rawlins #5)
  • Gone Fishin' (Easy Rawlins #6)
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  • Six Easy Pieces (Easy Rawlins #8)
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