Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery (Easy Rawlins #12)
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Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery (Easy Rawlins #12)

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When Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, Devil in a Blue Dress—a combustible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright—he captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers (including future president Bill Clinton). Eleven books later, Easy Rawlins is one of the few private eyes in contemporary crime fiction...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2013)
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James Thane
At the end of his last outing, 2007's Blonde Faith, Easy Rawlins went flying off a cliff in his car, presumably plunging to his death on the rocks below. Happily, that proved not to be the case. After everyone else had given up hope, Easy's best friend, Raymond, "Mouse" Alexander, comes struggling back up to the highway, bearing Easy's broken body on his shoulders. Easy remains in a semi-coma for some time, and when he finally awakens, he's really not sure whether he's dead or alive.

As one might...more
Hurray, Easy Rawlins is back! Mosley’s noirish series featuring this black private detective in the 50’s and early 60’s had appeared to reach the end of the line in 2007. Mosley started a lovely new series on private detective Leonid McGill set in contemporary New York City (4 at this writing). But he couldn’t keep Rawlins out of his imagination, and he resurrects him for this satisfying tale set in L.A. in 1967.

Rawlins wakes from a long coma following a car wreck, and learns that his boyhood fr...more
Ronald Roseborough
Not even death comes easy for Easy Rawlins, a black private eye in 1960's California. It's been three months since his car went over a cliff and he was presumed dead. (Blonde Faith: An Easy Rawlins Novel) If it wasn't for the determination of his friend, Mouse, Easy would have died. Mouse was more likely to be cause of men dying than their being saved, but he would not give up on Easy. Mouse scoured the cliff side looking for his friend. He finally found Easy's near lifeless body and carried Eas...more
Wow! It is so great to have another Easy Rawlins mystery in my hands. I never thought I'd see him again. I don't think there's another character as good, as decent, as fully and vividly imagined as Easy Rawlins in all of American crime fiction and his apparent death at the end of the previous novel was a crime in itself. As this book opens, Easy is just coming out of a near-death coma and feeling pretty horrible. He's feeling all the aches and pains of his 47 years and of the car crash that near...more
Easy Rawlings is back after surviving what would have been a fatal accident for most men in the last book in the series, Blonde Faith. It's 1967 in Watts, Los Angeles. For someone who not have read previous books in the series - and I haven't read them all - it can be hard to understand the character. He is a WWII veteran who is a private detective at a time when there weren't many black private detectives. He is a violent man in a violent world and a loving man in a loving world. Moseley's work...more
Walter Mosley is as good as he has always been. The man knows how to craft a mystery. If you aren't a fan, you certainly should be. A Walter Mosley mystery is going to be interesting and move swiftly. The good thing about the Easy Rawlins' books are the independence of each of them. You don't have to start with any particular book, they all stand alone greatly. Mosley does a great job with keeping the characters familiar, by use of refreshing passages throughout the book. He also has a penchant...more
1967, summer, Los Angeles, free love and drugs…and danger

It’s the summer of love in the city of Los Angeles. The Watts riots are still fresh in everyone’s memories. Easy Rawlins has just escaped a close brush with death but when a friend from the underworld asks him to find a missing boy he begins to search. Easy is in his late forties and a World War II vet. He’s one of the few African American private eyes working in the city. When he encounters the growing hippie subculture he feels out of hi...more
A disappointment, though an honorable one. I love Walter Mosley as a human being, as a political writer, as a cultural force. How many other crime novelists are trying to, say, disprove the Moynihan Report in their series? But aside from the usual convoluted plot resolution, this book doesn't feel in any way like 1967. I'm sorry, it just doesn't. There are the usual set pieces where Easy Rawlins has run-ins with racist cops and authority figures, and this time The People stand up for him, so we...more
I did not realize how much I missed Easy Rawlins and his motley crew until I started reading the spellbinding first page of this well-plotted novel of gritty action and emotional fallout of secrets and bad decisions. The book opens with Easy waking from a coma caused by a bad accident in a dream-like state physically weak but knowing that he needs to keep moving forward if he is to survive. Mosley’s skill with characterization shines through as whom else but Raymond “Mouse” Alexander would be th...more
Easy has risen from the dead. Last time we saw him he was going off a cliff into the ocean and it appeared the series was over. He was declared dead since the police couldn't find a body. Mouse found his body hidden on a shelf in a cliff, brings him home, and he's nursed back to while being in a coma. No sooner does he wake up than Mouse asks him for a favor. What are friends for? Easy is not too steady on his feet and is still weak in body but not spirit, however with some homeopathic gator blo...more
Good to have Easy Rawlins back again. Great story.
As I read this Easy Rawlins book it dawned on me that Walter Mosley is my favorite author of all time. I used to have Robert Heinlein in that vaunted place ... but Walter Mosley speaks to me through his various characters ... especially Easy, Mouse, Feather, Jesus, Jackson Blue and the rest of the Mosley Universe based in Los Angeles. I 'spose that part of my love of the Easy Rawlins series is that it is based in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in LA ... so I know most of the street corners a...more
Walter Mosley brings Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins back from the dead in “Little Green.” Six years ago, at the end of the series’ 11th novel, “Blonde Faith,” Mosley dispatched him. Much as Conan Doyle tossed Sherlock Holmes over Reichenbach Falls, Mosley drove Easy’s Pontiac off one of the Pacific Coast Highway’s treacherous cliffs. Turns out Mouse, Easy’s faithful friend and sidekick with a hair-trigger temper, literally carried him back from oblivion.

Coming slowly out of a coma, Easy feels as if he’s...more
Gator’s Blood

“Little Green” by Walter Mosley is the 12th installment in the Easy Rawlins Mysteries. This was the first time I ever read a Walter Mosley novel, so in the beginning of this novel I soon discovered that there must have been quite a cliffhanger from the previous novel, “Blonde Faith.” Nevertheless, I was able to understand what had happened in the previous novel - that Easy was left for dead after running his car off of a cliff.

Easy is soon found fighting for his life and is in a com...more
When he went over a cliff in Blonde Faith, most readers thought they'd never seen Easy Rawlins again. It's been quite awhile since we last heard about Easy, so our fears were founded. Never fear, six years later, Mosley has brought Easy back to his legion of fans and he's better than ever.

While we may have thought Easy was a goner, his best friend, the quick-tempered and quick thinking Mouse, knew Easy was still alive. And thanks to the wisdom of Mama Jo, he knew just where to find him. (Speakin...more
Jeff Tucker
Reading Little Green was like visiting and old friend. Many years ago I picked up Devil in a Blue Dress because I thought it was a great title. I loved the book and have read every new Easy Rawlins mystery since. It looked like the series was over when Easy apparently died in Blond Faith. But in Little Green, we find that rumors of his death have been greatly exagerated. Times have changed in LA. The earlier books were set in the late 1940’s and 1950’s when racism and segregation made life diffi...more
finding out that Walter Mosely has written a new Easy Rawlins book is like anticipating meeting up with an dear, but deadly, friend.

Little Green did not disappoint; Mosely, after 11 years, was able to get right into Easy Rawlins' character and world and i was right there with him.

Easy wakes up after having been declared dead and then being in a coma. of course, that doesn't mean he's going to be laying around trying to get well. as soon as he's on his feet he's asked by his friend Mouse to fin...more
Although he went over a cliff in his car in the last entry in the series (pub 2007!), Easy Rawlins is back, and his friend Mouse has him on a missing persons case as soon as Mama Jo's Gator's Blood can get him on his feet. (He's been in a coma for a while, so it's powerful medicine!) There's so much to like about Mosley's series: the strong sense of the times and place, the insight into racial issues, the series characters. This entry is about rebirth on many levels--physical, spiritual, emotion...more
Book Review & Giveaway: We’re participating in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop. Instead of pulling books from the bookshelf, we couldn’t resist featuring Walter Mosley’s newest Easy Rawlins novel, Little Green. I don’t know about you but I love the Easy Rawlins series and couldn’t wait to share the newest one with you. If you haven’t read this iconic series, no worries, because each novel reads quite well as a stand-alone. I’m warning you though that once you read a book in this mystery se...more
Mike Curtis
Mosely is best known for his Easy Rawlins mystery novels, such as "A Devil in a Blue Dress" which was made into a movie with Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. He eventually got tired of the series and appeared to kill off the main character so he could be free to write other things. However, many of these other novels began to adopt similar elements as the Easy Rawlins series (including a book obsessed private eye with a psychotic killer best friend). In some aspects, Mosely had essentially gon...more
Katelyn Hernandez
When I first came across this book at Barnes and Noble, it was set on a table as a "Buy 2 Get the 3rd FREE" deal. I already had the two I wanted to read in my hand, and I grabbed this one just to complete my set. I had no previous knowledge of Easy Rawlins or Walter Mosley.

I decided to read this one first out of my set. I read the description on the back of the book, and thought it would be a quick and semi-entertaining.

I read the first few chapters and was totally sucked in! Having no idea tha...more
Walter Mosley spins a great yarn with strong characters and with dialogue that evokes a time and culture. His Easy Rawlins mystery series goes one decade at a time in Los Angeles, the latest decade being the 1960s, when a whiff of change is in the air for race relations. But spinning a great yarn isn't the half of it as his thoughts on human nature, race, life, and death are profound. I have learned a lot, and in the most engaging way.

I was really angry when Mosley seemed to kill off Easy Rawli...more
I enjoy Mosley's Easy Rawlins series. He creates a very real time and place and peoples it with memorable characters. The story lines are well-crafted and reflect the social structure and problems of the time. In this installment, Easy recovers from the accident that ended the last book, and then is drawn into helping find a young man who's gone missing. The search takes Easy to L.A.'s Sunset Strip, which was hippie haven in the 60s. The action is gritty, but not gratuitous.
I'm a huge Walter Mosley fan so I went into this just a little bit biased, having read and thoroughly enjoyed most of this entire series. I would like to think that if I wasn't a huge fan of this series I would still have read this book and given it four stars, but I might be kidding myself. This novel, more than any of the previous stories, draws on just about everything that came before it. For me that made it all the better, but I have to say I probably wouldn't recommend this book as a start...more
Vivienne Neal
Urban Fiction at Its Best

It has been awhile since I read Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Collection, and the author never disappoints when it comes to writing narratives. Little Green is packed with drama, pandemonium and murder. The protagonist Easy Rawlins, who was in a serious car accident and thought to be dead, is asked by his best friend, Mouse, to find a missing young man named Evander Noon? As always, I love the relationship between Easy and Mouse, the two people you would want to have on y...more
I won't pretend that I could look at any enry in this series objectivley with everything Mosley as a talent and Easy Rawlins as a character have meant to my personal ambiions as a writer. My take on books in the Rawlins series tend to fall on the "disappoined" or amazed side of the fence and rarely in between. To me that's a sign of of emotional invesment and continually consistent story telling. Mosley delivers the latter in this entry geared towards long time readers (the title of the book ise...more
I am not a big reader of mysteries, and I would never have picked this up if it had not been recommended by a friend. That said, I loved this book. Easy Rawlins is a private detective and World War II vet living in Watts, Los Angeles. This novel is set in the late '60's. Walter Mosley writes intelligently, but with a voice that is authentic to everyday people. He addresses issues of race within the context of the 1960's a great deal, but represents people as a whole very fairly. The characters a...more
Wonderful EZ Rawlins, although Jo's mystical powers make this a very magical version...
Like all the other Easy Rawlins mysteries, I couldn't put this one down. Easy's back with deeper wisdom that comes from cheating death. This book impressed me even more than the others because of Mosley's great subtlety in showing Easy's inner struggle. Here Easy comes to terms with who he really is, not with who he longs to be.

Mosley demonstrates a masterful ability to communicate the energy Los Angeles exuded in the sixties. He accomplishes so much in so few words; his writing is never clumsy...more
"It was ok." I never thought I'd be giving Easy Rawlins two stars. What a sad, sad day.

All the plot elements were there, and all the characters were there. But that spark that brings it all together wasn't there--it wasn't there Big Time.

One of the problems is that Mosley needs to figure out what type of book he's writing. Is it a mystery with supernatural overtones or is it a supernatural book with mystery overtones. More and more supernatural elements have been creeping into Mosley's work, b...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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