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Fearless Jones (Fearless Jones #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,574 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Walter Mosley's Fearless Jones inaugurates a new crime series set in 1950s Los Angeles. But can Jones match Mosley's engaging long-term hero Easy Rawlins? On the evidence of this first book, the answer is resoundingly in the affirmative, even if the new series takes a little time to establish the new protagonist. And this is probably because the central character here is n...more
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Published April 1st 2004 by Not Avail (first published 2001)
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Melki
"Man, Paris, you got us into a real mess here."

"I didn't get into no mess. Mess just fell right top'a me. I was just sitting in my store reading a book."


It's 1954. Paris Minton is living the dream, running a used bookstore in Watts.

Business wasn't brisk, but it paid the rent and utilities. And all day long I could do the thing I loved best - reading. I read Up from Slavery, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Mein Kampf, and dozens of other titles in the first few months. Who...more
Wendy
I really wanted to love this book but I could only muster up a like. The story started strong but got bogged down in the middle. It was saved mostly by the character of Paris, who makes a nice Watson to Fearless's Sherlock. The author also knows how to turn a phrase nicely, which helped keep me reading.

The characters were mostly well done and the 1950s LA setting was terrific but the plot - oy! Trying to follow the in's and out's of the bond that everyone was chasing was convoluted to say the le...more
Larry Piper
Last summer I read through the last three of the Easy Rawlins books by Walter Mosley. Apparently, Mosley has had second thoughts and has resuscitated Easy, but the new book isn't yet available on kindle. So, I figured why not try a different Mosley series, the one featuring Fearless Jones. This is the first of them in which we are introduced to the narrator, Paris Minton, a second-hand book seller who is in the business primarily because he gets to sit around all day reading books, and his frien...more
Nanette Bulebosh
I've written before about how much I love Paris Minton and Fearless Jones, Mosley's intrepid accidental investigators. Part of my attraction is just the satisfaction of being exposed to such different personalities than the ones I find in small-town Wisconsin in 2010. Paris and Fearless solve the cases thrown their way in the less-prosperous sections of L.A. in the early 1950s. They're also African American, which means the cops suspect them of everything, even when it's clear they had nothing t...more
Brian Toohey
Mosley can't seem to decide whether he wants to write slice-of-life drama or noir, so he splits the difference and gives us a hybrid. But what results is something too meandering and lacking momentum to be an effective mystery, and too tied to genre conventions to stand as social observance. Mosley loves his characters, there's no doubt about that; he has a deep love for them. But his ability to walk the line between these two styles and successfully merge them together appears to slipping with...more
Sheela Word
3.5 stars. Well-written mystery set in the 1950's and featuring two black friends -- a smart guy and a brave guy. The story is told from the smart guy's perspective. Secondary characters include a conniving femme fatale; an elderly Jewish couple, their niece, and her husband; thugs of assorted color and style; racist police officers; friends and girlfriends of the protagonists; and a dog. The complicated plot revolves around a missing bond that various parties assume will make them rich, if they...more
Mary
this book was o k but near the end it began to get boring to drawn out .
i have read this author before and he is good just this book was not as good as the others .
Rebecca
Here in a small white community, I came across my first Walter Mosley novel at a used book sale held at the local library. I was introduced to Easy Rawlins, WWII veteran returning to L.A. and his friend, the very scary Mouse. When Mr. Mosley announced he was retiring Easy, I was so disappointed. Not to worry. We have a new hero, Fearless Jones and his buddy, Paris Minton. Paris owns a bookstore; quite different from the killer, Mouse. Fearless inaugarates a new crime series set in 50"s and 60's...more
Guy
Terwijl Mosley naarstig verderwerkt aan zijn succesvolle “Easy Rawlins”-reeks (intussen 11 delen) die hem bekend maakte, benut hij blijkbaar elke andere beschikbare minuut om te werken aan nevenprojecten die uitblinken in diversiteit: een boek voor jongvolwassenen (zo’n onnozel label, ‘young adults’), drie science fiction romans, twee erotische boeken en een handvol maatschappelijk geëngageerde publicaties die vooral politieke en raciale kwesties onder de loep nemen. De twee boeken over Socrates...more
Alex
As previously noted, Mosley doesn't really trust his readers, and so his insistence on really spelling out the relationships between characters, or how a character is feeling at a particular moment, or a motivation for an action, really gets in the way.

In this book it hit me hardest when, in describing a minor female character, Mosley has his lead talk about how she's dyed her hair blond and states that this adhering to white standards of beauty has diminished her own. He honestly says that str...more
Eli
I'm sure at some point Mosley could run out of things to do with '50s LA, but frankly I'm just a sucker for his writing so I wouldn't even mind if he just kept repeating his old plots scene by scene. The plot in this one takes a while to make any sense, but it's mostly an excuse to set in motion some characters who are good to know, and to let you soak in Mosley's savory sense of life. He writes about a corrupt, unjust, violent world with a strange lack of cynicism: evil schemers may cause you g...more
Linda
Walter Mosley is at his best describing life for African Americans in 1950s Los Angeles. I love (well, mostly love) his anti-hero, Paris Minton. He's a slight man, bookish, not so physically courageous, who gets thrown into danger and intrigue very much against his will. I both love and hate the elements of the hard-boiled detective novel that are nodded to here. Hate the femme fatale trope, love the use of familiar archetypes to tell a story from an unfamiliar point of view.

The plot is fast pac...more
Villager
I'm a fan of Walter Mosley. However, I've never read any of the books in this 'Fearless Jones' series until this week. I just finished the first book in the series, 'Fearless Jones' and I appreciate the talent that Mosley has for creating Black characters from a different era in our nation. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so I also appreciate the backdrop for this book's story.

Fearless is described from the perspective of his friend, Paris Minton. These two get embroiled with police, stree...more
Mike Jensen
This is a good book in so many ways: a compelling narrative voice, a well realized story, vivid characters, and a milieu that is troubled and troubling. Best of all, perhaps, is that the author allows us to experience a culture and a way of viewing the world that is foreign to me, but, I’m sure, real to millions of people. The only problem, and it is a big one, is that I simply did not buy the motivation of the protagonist and his friend, the title character. They essentially function as private...more
Jen
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Princely
When Walter Mosley stopped his Easy Rawlins series, I was sad, but I completely understood why he had to do it. I can't tell more, in case I ruin that collection for someone else ;)

Fearless Jones and his brainy friend Paris Minton are the next level to the detective legacy Mosley is creating. I like are respect the two detectives' interplay more than with Easy and Mouse- with Fearless and Paris I can see more believable character flaws portrayed in the plot. For example, Paris' lack of bravery...more
Da'quan Palmer
Chapters 1-8
The book Fearless Jones is a pretty okay boook. I didn't think it would be interesting at first because i get bored fast but it has been good so far. It has been very mysterious. When I first started reading it, Paris seems like a nice person and is acting like kind of a softy because he isnt saying no to anything. It was nice of him to help Elana Love but there's a point you must stop at, she was a random girl he barely knew. He should have stop being a punk. Now, Elana was good at...more
Anne
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I just listened to the first few chapters.
I don't like this type of plot and decided not to finish the book.
Xavier
Great story! Definitely different from the norm for me in terms of Mosley but a great mystery series nonetheless!
Gary Barrentine
Interesting tale from the perspective of a black man in the early 60's L.A. getting mixed up with the wrong people.
Billie
With Sue being sick my brain has need the equilivant of comfort food to ease the stress. Luckily for me I have the adventures of Paris Minton (well read not brave small in stature) and Fearless Jones (big man very brave street smart) to help through . Their friendship carries them numerous encountes with all types of people in 1954 LA.With great dialouge, realistic violence and honest descriptions of fear and touches of eroticism (Mosley would have made a great paperback porn writer)This book an...more
Dahir Hassan
In chapter 1-8,Paris experienced 3 near death substitution in one day. First, He was beat up Leon. Then,He was shot at in a car chase. Then he could had getting burn down if he was in his book store. Paris is in the mist of Love's troubles. He was robbed in the form of sex. Loves robs his wallet,car keys,and his car. Paris is in serious troubles so he get Fearless Jones out of Jail. Fearless Jones saved Leon cellmate SOL from dying. The Police think that both Fearless and Paris comitted the crim...more
Phillip Frey
Another good noir murder mystery from Walter Mosley.
Chris
This was a fun book to read. Very complicated post WWII conspiracy that needs to be uncovered and resolved. The main character, Paris Minton is “Doctor Watson” (except he’s a bookstore owner) to Fearless Jones’s not as brainey“ Sherlock Holmes” in the 1950’s Watts. Pretty much the same concept; a narrator who is part of the action and often biased. Paris is the more enjoyable character; Fearless is charming but I wasn’t as concerned about what would happen to him as I was about poor Paris. Seems...more
Karen Brown
Good; 50s mystery; black hero/black author
Barbara
This is an author I follow a good read
Kiera Healy
I want to read more of Walter Mosley, as I loved The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey so much. But this one, like its sequel Fear Itself, wasn't nearly as good. It was better than the sequel, but it suffered from the same problems - an overly-convoluted plot and occasionally clumsy writing. The relationship between the narrator, wimpy Paris Minton, and his eponymous best friend, is interesting, but the mystery - which involves a mysterious bond that's been stolen, secret Nazis and Jewish former refugee...more
Joan
Paris doesn't pay to get Fearless out of jail until in winds up in trouble. A woman, Ms. Love comes into his book store with men after her. She charms Paris and he tries to help her. Paris' book store is burned down, men are trying to kill him, and he needs Fearless. Paris finds out that he is involved with the Nazis who stole Jewish art. They don't care who they kill and then the Israelis show up. Fearless and Paris keep doing the right thing until the very end. This is not one of my favorite M...more
Stephen
This novel was missing the nitty gritty goodness I expect from a Mosley novel.

The whole thing was held together with a bunch of unbelievable situations and cardboard characters who didn't mean a thing to anybody.

In the end, the protagonist discovers he went to a lot of trouble for all the wrong reasons, but got some $ for his troubles, so I guess we're supposed to think everything is cool and everybody walked away happy -- well, I felt cheated.
Stef
Mosley's Fearless Jones series is set in L.A. in the 1950s. Classic noir, with a cast of characters that is primarily African-American, delightfully diverse, and all described in loving detail, even the walk-on hotel bellhop. The two main characters, Fearless Jones and Paris Minton, have an especially rich relationship. Mosley's mystery plots tend to be overly complicated for my taste. I don't try very hard to follow the plot, I just go along for the ride.
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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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