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Cinnamon Kiss (Easy Rawlins #10)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,517 ratings  ·  97 reviews
It is the Summer of Love and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armored car. It's farther outside the law than Easy has ever traveled, but his daughter, Feather, needs a medical treatment that costs far more than Easy can earn or borrow in time. And his friend, Mouse, tells him it's a cinch.
Then another friend, Saul Lynx, offers him a job that might solve Easy's pro...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 6th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2005)
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William Thomas
I think that one of the problems with most of Moseley's work is that it focuses far too much time and energy explaining to the reader the racial tensions between whites and blacks in the 1960's. It isn't off-hand and it isn't shown through dialogue or action, but narrated in the first person and blatantly spelled out on the soapbox. There's a way to work these observations into the narrative without taking detours, but he hasn't mastered that art. Not in this book, at least. Maybe that's because...more
**edited 01/08/14

After dealing with the fallout from an external crisis--the LA riots--in the last books, Easy Rawlins must now face another more personal catastrophe: his adopted daughter Feather is extremely ill. The only way to save her may be to send her to an extremely expensive clinic abroad, and Easy is willing to do anything--up to and including murder--to get her the treatment she needs. Desperately searching for a case, he is faced with two alternatives: one, to accept a case from a po...more
Probably a 1.5 stars, actually…

Mosley can write, and I have been intending to pick up one of his Easy Rawlins books for ages… and being in LA this past weekend, with the need to purchase something from the local independent bookstore, I settled on this…

Alas, reading most of it on the plane ride back, and finishing the next night, I have to say while he is a very talented writer of the hard-boiled story, and captures vantages and insights, I was somewhat bothered by the, hmmm, overwhelming male p...more
Ally Scott
Walter Mosley paints a magnificently vivid picture of Los Angeles “back in the day” in "Cinnamon Kiss." He can capture aspects of African American culture that is so spot on that I laugh out loud while reading (oh should I have written lol? Does that show my age?). That being said I do not like his books and did not like “Cinnamon Kiss.” I hate being able to predict the end of a suspense novel, and I did not predict this one. However, what I hate more than guessing the twists of a plot is not ca...more
I'd never heard of Walter Mosley til I discovered an entire SHELF of his books in a home that otherwise had no fiction collection. Figured I ought to at least find out who this person was who warranted such devotion!

The story was interesting, very noir - but I enjoyed the look through the character's eyes, black as they are, and in that specific time in history. It's worth a read if just to be reminded that it really was like that once (not so long ago), and it probably still IS like that in so...more
This was one of Mosley's Easy Rawlins mystery, with a lot of good period details from the 1960's-1970's in California, predominantly the Los Angeles area. Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins is a private eye with enough going "on the side" to have a hand in a lot of what goes on in the African American community of Watts. He's not above playing both sides of the law in order to finish this PI assignment and make a big score, because his daughter has a deadly blood infection and needs some serious and e...more
Greg Strandberg
Another great read from Walter Mosley! I'm so happy I decided to order all these Easy Rawlins mystery books used for $0.01 and then $2.99 shipping and handling. It was a great deal!

Yep, I read them all, or at least all up to book #7 or so.

This one was good, not my favorite mind you, but it was good.

As always, its the scenes between Easy and Jesus and Flower that are some of the best, and what keep you coming back. That and Easy's real job(s).
I've read a few Mosley mysteries and I liked the stories in general. This one felt a lot more preach-y than the others. Easy thinks about how bad society is many, many times throughout this one, leaving it feeling like a lecture interrupted with a mystery story. The story itself felt a bit far-fetched, but still an enjoyable ride.
Linda Rowland
Oh, my! If this is not one of his best then I certainly must go back and start reading his other books. This is my first Mosley but will not be my last. I could have shaved a bit off five stars with all the hot women wanting him but that did not seem too unusual. I sort of skim over those things.
One of the many things I appreciate about Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins novels is the way he uses Los Angeles as a lens to view specific times and places -- post-WWII prosperity in Devil in a Blue Dress, mid-Fifties witch-hunting hysteria in A Red Death, early Sixties in Black Betty -- and show what has and hasn't changed in the lives of African Americans. Cinnamon Kiss, set mostly in the Bay Area during the Summer of Love, is a direct successor to Little Scarlet, which dealt with the aftermath o...more
Michael Morris
Cinnamon Kiss is the tenth book in Mosley's exciting Easy Rawlins series. Like the others, the novel is filled with interesting characters (other than the world weary protagonist and his dangerous friend Mouse), deft plot twists, and a bit of philosophy.

In 1966 Los Angeles, Easy, trying to raise money to save his adopted daughter, has to choose between helping Mouse pull off the heist of an armored car or taking a case from a man who isn't forthcoming about what and who are involved. The more Ra...more
Lee Battersby
Less a crime novel than a character study of a man in conflict with his domestic life, his uneasy friendships, his position as a black man in a white-dominated society and his own sense of worth, all explored while he sets out to commit one crime and ends up investigating another.

This is Mosley at his best writing Easy Rawlins at his best, slipping easily between conflicting states, moralising and making judgement of others while not being afraid to expose his own limitations and blind spots, a...more
69 out of 100 for 2010

The penulitmate Easy Rawlins book. Set in 1966, Easy is asked to help find a woman named Cinamon Cargill who, he is told, is in posessions of stolen papers. As is typical in mystery, things are not what they seem, and, as Easy tries to find Cinnamon, he finds his own life in danger.

But this is an Easy Rawlins mystery, and there is much going on other than the mystery. His daughter, Feather, has a blood infection that is often fatal, and his only hope is a Swiss clinic that...more
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Unlike Mosley’s critically acclaimed and worldwide success Devil In A Blue Dress, Cinnamon Kiss is a disaster of a book. Follow the link to read the whole review.

Apart from a few spelling mistakes which I noticed in my own copy of the book, the writing was just woeful. The story itself was actually well planned out and was the only thing that kept me reading right until the end. Rawlins is about to take a job with his crazy mate Mouse to make some cash,...more
Bookmarks Magazine

The Easy Rawlins novels comment sharply on America in the second half of the twentieth century. Though Easy is African-American, both black and white readers have embraced the novels. Devil in a Blue Dress (1990), the first in the series, chronicled post-World War II America; last year's Little Scarlet depicted the Watts Riots. This time, the Summer of Love, antiwar protests, and the nation's growing awareness of civil rights form a convincing backdrop for Easy's divided America. Some parts of t

The story starts with Easy Rawlins facing a personal crisis. His adopted daughter, Feather, needs an expensive medical procedure, which means Easy must find the money for her care as quickly as possible. Easy has two choices, work with Mouse (Raymond Alexander) in an armed robbery in Texas or with Saul, another detective to find a missing person. Fear of being caught and not being available for Feather forces Easy to choose the second, seemingly more straightforward case. Of course, like any oth...more
Deliah Lawrence
Awesome ride! I’ve been an avid fan of Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series ever since Devil in a Blue Dress. Hands down, Walter Mosley sure knows how to write a crime fiction novel that leaves you wanting more and more. This time, Easy is in dire need of cash and fast. After deciding against robbing an armored car, he gets a job solving a case involving an eccentric, prominent attorney and tracking down the beautiful ‘Cinnamon’ Cargill, who may hold the key to some unanswered questions. The case...more
While the plot was a bit too driven by events outside Easy Rowlins' control and thus came together a bit too easily at the end, his love for his daughter is so intense and real, I (as the father of daughters) had to come along for the, at times improbable, ride.
Theryn Fleming
Cinnamon Kiss is the 10th Easy Rawlins mystery, so I jumped into the series in medias res. It was ok, though--enough info was sprinkled throughout to sort out the supporting characters and pick up the gist of the existing relationships. In CK, Easy's daughter is sick and he needs to raise some money to pay for her treatment. He's so desperate he considers pulling off a heist with his friend Mouse, but reconsiders when he gets a call from another friend, Saul, about a job for a mysterious detecti...more
Every word is written from the lens of a black man in a white world. Takes place between LA and SF, from the poor neighborhoods of LA to the SF manions. A writer's writer. Raw emotions, raw sex, passion, all from a man's point of view. Can't wait to start the next one.
Lucas Howard
Title: Cinnamon Kiss: A Novel
Author: Walter Mosley
Genre: Fiction
I give this book four out of five stars because the plot was extremely interesting, but lacked a certain amount of complexity. It was also pretty cool to read about a detective/crime style book which takes place in our own bay area as well as Los Angeles. Mosley uses very descriptive language and very accurately portrays the black and white tensions of the 1960’s as well as the burdens that come with being a black male in this time...more
Returned back to the Easy Rawlings series after after a six-year hiatus. I forgot how compelling his story-telling can make me feel exhilarated, and yet also feel sorrowful. Mosley's approach to themes of race, crime, family, and the impact of wars on society is still an important, yet bleak story you can't put down. You can tell Easy is tired but he soldiers on protecting and loving his family , friends, neighborhood and country. I love Easy's description of LA and regular folks before the 70's...more
I love the characters. I hated the ending, which seemed tacked on, just to end the mystery in a surprising way.
Joyce Mason
Audiobook version - I almost quit after the first couple chapters, thinking it wasn't my cup of tea and possibly too violent for my taste. (Actually, any violence turned out to be minimal.) I was so glad I hung in! Easy Rawlins isn't who he seems at first, and I ended up in love with the story and many of its key characters, especially Easy Rawlins. This is a great read for mystery lovers. The characters are fully alive and changed by what they experience. I'll read more by this author. Tight pl...more
I like to read good mysteries once in a while, in between more serious novels. This was the first of Walter Mosley's mysteries I've ever read. Often it reminded me of the Prairie Home Companion spoof skits about Guy Noir. :-)

The story kept my attention; it was fun to read a mystery set mostly in southern California, since I lived there for a few years. I could have done without details of Easy Rawlins's sex life for sure--they were often gratuitous. Besides the development of the mystery, what I...more
Larry Piper
Interestingly, this book takes up where the previous one I had read left off. So, we're still in the 1960s, 1966 to be exact. The LA cops are still hideously racist, as seem to be most other white people in the story. I wonder if things have improved in the ensuing 40+ years? I read this book as an escape from the horrors of Native Son. It's actually an interesting yarn and includes hippies in this one. Hippies were just getting under way in those days, although I didn't actually know about them...more
Baited and switched. That’s how I feel I was treated with this book. I usually get Walter Mosley books from the library because they are such quick fun reads. Not fair. I should pay for the pleasure now and again.

I was standing there in the bookstore, choosing from the startlingly prolific author’s titles, and was convinced to buy this one because it opens with a scene with the scary Mouse (who I still see as being played by Don Cheadle—it’s a shame more Easy Rawlins movies weren’t made with him...more
Don Rea
Okay, I'm on the road to becoming a Mosley fan. This is one of the best recent examples of the hard-boiled detective type I've read in, gosh, a heck of a long time. I'm (just barely) old enough to sort of remember the 60s in the US, and the fact that he can write a book just a few years ago set in that period without a misstep is a wonder of skill. That it can speak both to the concerns of that time and of this, well, I can only say read this. It's well worth your time.
I really couldn't be more pleased with this clearance bin find. I'd never heard of Walter Mosley or the Easy Rawlins series, but I'll sure keep an eye out for more. The detail regarding different skin tones, and the short war stories paint a vivid picture of Easy and his life. The fact that it's based in the 60's really drives home how far we've come, and how far we haven't in regard to racism. I read this during breaks at work, and it's one you don't want to put down, but don't mind because the...more
Cheryl Klein
I'm no Easy Rawlins expert (I read most of Devil in a Blue Dress in College, but that's it), but I was happy to jump into the middle of Easy's crazy P.I. life. The plot of Cinnamon Kiss is heavy on the busywork (Easy has to talk to this guy who knows this guy who owes this other guy a favor, who...), and I rolled my eyes every time Easy met ANOTHER woman who wanted to have sex with him. But I appreciated how Mosley ties local (and world) history into his career-spanning examination of race relat...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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