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Cinnamon Kiss (Easy Rawlins #10)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  2,099 Ratings  ·  143 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
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
Oct 24, 2011 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Oct 30, 2010 Gloria rated it did not like it
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
Deliah Lawrence
Mar 05, 2011 Deliah Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ally Scott
Feb 09, 2012 Ally Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Aug 15, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is my first novel by Walter Mosley and it is the tenth book in his Easy Rawlins series. This was quite colorful. I liked the writing. He was great at giving detailed snippets of the characters and specific circumstances. I liked the MC. He was easy to like. But I will say, that his persona was a bit of a male fantasy. He always wins, he gets all the girls who are so good looking, he gets what he wants, he finds all the clues, has all the answers, yada, yada, yada. That was a little much, bu ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Jay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jan 17, 2012 Linda Rowland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Well plotted mystery that brings late 1960's California to life This is the first book on tape I have ever tried. The narrator, Michael Boatman had a range of subtle voices and accents to render and he nailed them all perfectly.
Feb 06, 2016 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Walter mosley doesn't disappoint.
Feb 11, 2016 Tori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you want to learn what it means to deal with racism and be entertained, read Walter Mosley. If you simply enjoy noir detective novels, read any of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins series.
I enjoyed the insight Easy has to situations and relationships, esp the familial
Mar 13, 2017 Thelma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The pace was fast enough so It was able to hold my interest. I also liked the way the time period in LA was described. But there was something I hated about it and couldn't put my finger on it. The sex scenes maybe. I'm also positive that I don't like the private investigator series story lines. After Easy Rawlings, Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series, & Steven Kings' Bill Hodges series. I'm positive that this a genre I hate. Good to know! I may actually read about the book before I start re ...more
May 27, 2013 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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,
Michael Morris
Jul 21, 2013 Michael Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 27, 2016 Violetteanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Easy Rawlins series paints a picture of L.A. that is familiar and utterly foreign. Black folks in a white town--literally the end of the world for Manifest Destiny--trying to clamp onto the American Dream. Rawlins is, in many ways, a true believer, a patriot having served in WWII, actively pursuing the middle-class existence. But the realities of the post-King/Kennedy 60s have him, and many, in a twist. Property values down due to the riots, Rawlins' investments have taken a hit. His daughte ...more
Sep 28, 2010 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mahoghani 23
Easy's never hesitated to put his life on the line for others and this story isn't any different.

Feather, Easy's daughter, is deathly ill with a blood infection and Easy needs money to save her life. The job he accepts sounds skeptical but he's desperate. He takes on the job and soon discovers that there are more players involved and people dying, mainly white men (which means death for black men during this era).

He needs to finish this job to get the money promised to him in order to save the
Lee Battersby
Dec 18, 2013 Lee Battersby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this by mistake. I meant to end my affair with Easy after the book concerning the Watts Riots. However, I wasn't paying attention and downloaded the wrong book from the library, and I got this, the one following the book that was to be my last. To my surprise, I love this! I was not looking forward to Easy going to San Francisco and interacting with hippies, but that was only a brief part of the book, and then he returns to Los Angeles. Easy is definitely on the Establishment side here, k ...more
May 22, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Craig M
Sep 19, 2016 Craig M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Easy Rawlins takes a job in San Francisco with Saul, as he desperately needs money for his daughter, Feather, to undergo a lifesaving treatment for a blood disease in Switzerland. Saul gets the job from Robert E. Lee, who has a client who wants a briefcase with some papers in it; Alex Bowers, a lawyer, stole it. Philomena Cargill, known as Cinnamon is his secretarial assistant, and she too has disappeared. It turns out everything is tied to some bonds purchased from the Nazi’s and the daughter o ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
David Anderson
Jan 28, 2013 David Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mosely is in peak form in this entry in the Easy Rawlins series as Easy is searching for a missing Bay Area legal aid attorney and his lovely assistant, Philomena "Cinnamon" Cargill, who seem to have been victims of a cover-up involving American industrialists who did business with the Nazis. Mosely's ever present ruminations on race in America are as trenchant as ever and he concisely captures feel of the Summer of Love and the hippie subculture and the nation's awakening unrest about the Vietn ...more
Dec 11, 2013 Lorna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

Maurizio Crispi
Feb 03, 2015 Maurizio Crispi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi piacciono le storie che hanno come protagonista Easy Rawlings e le sue indagini, polizieschi che vorrebbero un po' essere nello stile hard boiled ma in cui il protagonista, trascinando con sé il lettore, scivole di frequente nel sentimentalismo e nel moralismo del nero che guarda alla comunità dei bianchi, sentendo il vincolo di solidarietà con i propri simili e cioè con gli afro-americani.
La loro caratteristica precipua é che si svolgono a Los Angeles, negli anni immediatamente successivi al
Jun 03, 2016 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Walter Mosley book I have read, and I wasn't really impressed. The plot was untidy and seemed to meander along and the first thread, where Easy's partner in crime Mouse tried to persuade him to carry out an armed robbery, seemed to dwindle away with no resolution, and I wondered why it was introduced in the first place. I think the book would have been more interesting if it had continued along the armed robbery trajectory..

The other thing that annoyed me was it seemed as if t
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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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Easy Rawlins (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1)
  • A Red Death (Easy Rawlins #2)
  • White Butterfly (Easy Rawlins #3)
  • Black Betty (Easy Rawlins #4)
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