When the Thrill Is Gone: A Leonid McGill Mystery
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When the Thrill Is Gone: A Leonid McGill Mystery (Leonid McGill #3)

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Leonid McGill can't say no to the beautiful woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash and a story. She's married to a rich art collector. Now she fears for her life. Leonid knows better than to believe her, but he can't afford to turn her away, even if he knows this woman's tale will bring him straight to death's door.
ebook, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by New American Library
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The last thing I need is another mystery writer whose series I want to read, but dang it, I've gone and done it again, found an author whose writing I thoroughly enjoy. When the Thrill is Gone was my first book by this author even though it is the third in his series about PI Leonid McGill. Now I have to go back and read the first two, and maybe other novels by Mosley.

Leonid is a hard-boiled detective, not always right with the law. Okay, almost never right with the law. And he used to be even w...more
Bonnie Brody
Walter Mosley has created a private eye with a unique take on the world in Leonid McGill, son of Tolstoy McGill and brother to Nikita. Leonid's Father was a communist activist, a man for the worker, with a philosopher's tongue. When the Thrill is Gone opens with Leonid having been estranged from his father for many years. However, Leonid often refers to his father's adages to get him through life. And, like Dr. House, Leonid believes that everybody lies. "Almost everything you know or ever hear...more
Walter Mosley is a wonderfully descriptive writer. This is a hardboiled detective story, with Leonid McGill as the main protagonist. I liked the various characters and their unconventional lifestyles. The main story was a bit complex with much of the mystery unraveled at the end. My problem was, like others have noted, too many characters. I really had a hard time keeping them straight. There were also at least 2-3 sub-plots involving his kids, another detective assignment, people at the gym, et...more
Ronald Roseborough
When Winston Churchill spoke of, "a riddle wrapped in a puzzle wrapped in an enigma", he might well have been describing Walter Mosley's fictional detective, Leonid McGill. Everyone keeps secrets from him. Everyone tells him lies or half truths. His dad quoted him communist manifesto instead of reading him bedtime stories in the relatively few years he was around. He was last seen just before leaving his wife and young Leonid, to go fight in some South American revolution. Leonid knows his wife...more
In attempting to review this book, I found myself stumped. I decided a good place to start would be with drawing a graphic organizer of the characters and plot. Some ten minutes later I was looking at a jumbled mess. I didn't feel this book was a mess while reading it. Not at all. In fact, I was struck by the snappy, cynical dialogue and the modern day take on Sam Spade. But then I started to feel pulled in too many directions. The dialogue continued to be excellent, but there were simply too ma...more
Lizzie Hayes
‘When the Thrill is Gone’ by Walter Mosley
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 28 April 2011. ISBN: 978-0-297-86547-6

This is the third in the series featuring Leonid McGill an ex-boxer turned PI. With the economic recession times are hard for everyone and Leonid is having trouble finding the rent, so the appearance of the beautiful Mrs Chrystal Tyler offering him a stack of money to protect her against her rich husband whose former two ex-wives are dead but not from natural causes is a case h...more
I first encountered Walter Mosley when I read the Easy Rawlins series. I got into those books, so I looked forward to the new series featuring Leonid McGill, a PI in modern-day New York. While the McGill books are fun in their own way, the atmosphere of the McGill series pales in comparison to that of the Rawlins series. Even so, McGill is a worthy successor to Rawlins. The son of a confirmed communist who was raised hearing Marxist ideology, he is savvy enough to know that ideology isn't going...more
Walter Mosley is the kind of gifted writer whose works transcend their genre and need to just be considered fine contemporary literature.

I've read his charming Easy Rawlins novels; his compelling and thought-provoking The Man in My Basement, and after picking up this Leonid McGill mystery at the library I wondered why it has been so many years since I have read one of his books.

Mosley manages to be poetic, philosophical and earth-bound at the same time. I love his detective, Leonid McGill. This...more
This third entry in the literate PI Leonid McGill series shows how this detective project is really hitting its stride. We can now quit lamenting how Easy Rawling is no more since Leonid McGill is proven a worthy successor. I've always admired how Mr. Mosely handles his back story, human relationships, and flawed protagonists. Leonid often recalls snatches of his father's Communist credos. Pay attention to them. Leonid also deals with his troubled offspring, especially Twill and Dimitri. When th...more
Linda Robinson
I'm grateful to discover Mosley. Saw "Devil in a Blue Dress" but did not read the book. I just finished a Lawrence Block Matthew Scudder book, so this noir crime story fit my hand beautifully. And I'm delighted to have a whole bunch of books by Mosley still to read. Topnotch entertainment, with rich, troubled characters and a couple fistfuls of rage, dark city streets and danger in the corners. Edgy prose that carves the characters masterfully, with dialogue that puts the voices in the room so t...more
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from James:

A solid noir story. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and sometimes you feel like you're not getting the whole story, but that's alright.

Mosley writes in chunks that often spill into philosophy: "I gave my children the kind of dreams they could live by, but dreams are like oceans, Mr. McGill. If they're worth a damn they're bigger than the dreamer, and sometimes, when the one dreaming wants to be as big as what they imagine, the wave pulls 'em down."

Don't expect a formula...more
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was fast moving, not a lot of hard to pronounce fancy names, and it kept my interest.
Missed the first two books in this series about Leonid McGill, but Mosley's writing gives you enough back-story to figure out how we got where we are. Plenty of good mystery/crime/detective writes out there; Mosley's take is different than most, at least in this series. HIs dark, unforgiving look at the world doesn't diminish the enjoyment of the book. The story moves quickly, and for a while you can't figure out exactly where it's going. Good writing, just enough holes in the plot to keep you g...more
Sharon Bressen
This book was received from LibraryThing through their Early Reviewers program.

This is my fourth book of Walter Mosley and I am well acquainted with P.I. Leonid McGill and his family.

The story begins with a woman Chrystal Tyler arriving at his office and who pays Leonid a pretty sum to find out if her husband, Cyril Tyler is having an affair and maybe wants her out of the picture like his first two wives.

Sounds like a simple case…but the woman is not Chrystal but her sister Shawna. So begins the...more
MavLit Publishing
This was the first time I'd read a Walter Mosley book in about five years. Although When the Thrill Is Gone does not top Fortunate Son as my favorite, this was a solid tale that should satisfy the most ardent of Mosley fans.

Admittedly, it took me reading about two-thirds of this story before made any connection. Part of the disconnection was my unfamiliarity with Leonid McGill, who is the star of Mosley's latest detective series. He's a middle-aged former juvenile delinquent, thug, boxer, crook,...more
Riccarla Roman
I enjoy Walter Mosley's mysteries - Easy Rawlins, Paric Minton, Socrates Fortlow, and this one with Leonid McGill. Leonid is a modern detective but he is truly the inheritor of the noir mantle of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe.

Raised and abandoned by a father who favored the Communist ideology, Leonid and his brother went though a series of foster homes. Leonid found his freedom in boxing and working for various "businessmen". He is now fairly wealthy, fairly well-connected, and fairly discontente...more
When the Thrill is Gone...by Walter Mosley
I got this book as a Goodreads win. This is a Leonid McGill Mystery and the recipe for this book contains:colorful descriptions of all the characters, enough twists and turns to totally confuse you, a likeable main character who has an incredibly complicated life, and a knowledge of the world the characters live in.
I found that I would underline/highlight some of the sentences/phrases in the book because they just seemed so profound. My favorite one i...more
Jim Leffert
To me, the thrill is mostly gone from Mosley’s Leonid McGill New York-based noir series. Leonid is a PI and reformed bad guy who exudes attitude and ingenuity. He has a network of friends and helpers but ultimately he’s one guy against some powerful and wealthy opponents.

Leonid has a dysfunctional nuclear family—his wife is unfaithful, and he is unfaithful to her. One of his sons, a teenager, is a budding conduct-disordered criminal whom one of Leonid’s minions, Tiny “Bug” Bateman, tracks elect...more
“Almost everything you know or ever hear is a lie. Advertisements, politicians’ promises, children’s claims of accomplishments and innocence…your own memory. Most of us know it’s so but still cannot live our lives according to this solitary truth. We have to believe in something every moment of our lives. Losing this illusion invites insanity” (10).
“Many and most moments go by with us hardly aware of their passage. But love and hate and fear cause time to snag…” (11).
“Common sense told me to tur...more
This was the first Walter Mosley book I read and I really enjoyed it! Leonid is a PI who has a client approach him about her husband wanting to kill her. Leonid suspects she is lying. While he is working on her case he has another person come into his office to hire him to find his wife. Leonid gets yet another missing person case to work while figuring out the two other cases.

This book was intense and entertaining. I enjoyed the twists and turns throughout the story and being surprised by the e...more
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SunPost Weekly March 10, 2011 | John Hood

Leonid McGill really respects his elders. He may hate them too, but he respects them nonetheless. He respects the things they’ve seen, the deeds they’ve done, and the lives they’ve led. And he respects their perspective. The composite wisdom that comes about from all that living. The harder the lives, the deeper the respect. Mostly though, McGil...more
Feb 12, 2011 KarenC rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to KarenC by: Goodreads giveaway
Thanks Riverhead Books/Penguin Group for participating in the Goodreads give away program and for providing an opportunity to get acquainted with Leonid McGill.
The novel presents McGill with one main case and several other problem-solving distractions. After he is hired by a woman identifying herself as Chrystal Chambers-Tyler, McGill does what any good PI would do and verifies the identity of his new client. The new client turns out to be Shawna, Chrystal's sister. McGill's job is to determin...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20...

The third in a series - now I have the previous two on my wishlist.

I like well-written thrillers. Ones where the protagonist isn't the stereotypical "tough guy with an attitude". Leonid McGill IS a tough guy, one with a revolutionary father who quoted communist manifestos at him while he was growing up, with a wife who takes lovers, and children that aren't his 'blood children' (resulting from his wife's affairs), but...more
ABC Group
Mosley is a master of his art. The third installment in the Leonid McGill series might simply be his best one yet. Focusing heavily on his son Twilliam in the this volume, McGill finds himself grappling with a dying best friend, a cheating wife, he's damn near broke and the love of his life (which is not his spouse) is reluctant to let him back into her life.

Per the usual set up, McGill is hired for a case that involves an extraordinarily wealthy man who may have murdered his first two wives. Hi...more
Sean Cronin
Leonid McGill is 55 year old, former criminal, former boxer and now a PI in present-day NYC. He's very tough, very thoughtful (his father was a communist, big on dialectic instruction; named his son after his hero Leonid) and wired into a nasty criminal network in the NY area. Leonid is trying to atone (not a word he'd use) for his past of life or crime - and make a buck to support himself and his absolutely dis-functional family.
In this book, Leonid is searching for young black woman, who claim...more
Leonid McGill is a former thug, trying to go straight. He was a bad guy who worked for bad guys, but he doesn’t want to be that guy anymore. Unfortunately for Leonid, there are too many ties to his past and no one — from organized crime kingpin Harris Vaartan to honest cop Carson Kitteridge — is willing to let him forget it in Walter Mosley’s When the Thrill Is Gone.

When a beautiful woman tells a detective she needs his help, he’s almost obligated to rescue her (at least in the fiction aisles)....more
Leonid McGill is paid a healthy sum by Chrystal Tyler who is afraid of becoming her husband’s third wife to die. Cyril Tyler is a wealthy man whom his wife believes is having an affair. Things are never easy for Leonid. He soon discovers that Chrystal is an imposter. She looks like her picture but not quite. What’s worse, when he meets Cyril, he isn’t the real deal either. Chrystal’s sister, Shawna, is the one who has been impersonating her sister, but when she turns up dead, suspicion turns to...more
After a very slow start, there are a number of interesting stories woven together here. I especially liked hearing his father's voice offering advice from years earlier. Since he is now thought to be dead, it's comforting to know he is remembered now that Leonid McGill no longer hates him.

The boxing analogies got a little tiresome for me as did his constant descriptions of objects as colors. The use of building roofs was unusual, as were many of the characters, but I never got the feeling any ch...more
I received this book from Goodreads Firstreads and I must say it was very exciting to get a book that is an uncorrected proof and not even out to the public yet. Thank you Firstreads! However I did not really enjoy this book. I can see that Walter Mosely is a great writer in the way he describes his characters but there were just too many of them. I found myself getting confused often throughout the book trying to remember who was who. There were too many characters and too many things all going...more
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Walter Mosley (b. 1952) is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins, as well as numerous other works, from literary fiction and science fiction to a young adult novel and political monographs. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications. Mosley is the winner of numero...more
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“Many & most moments go by with us hardly aware of their passage. But love & hate & fear cause time to snag you, to drag you down like a spider's web holding fast to a doomed fly's wings. And when you're caught like that you're aware of every moment & movement & nuance.” 10 likes
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