Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins #1)
Easy Rawlins is just trying to get by. Laid off from his job building jets, he needs to make payment on his mortgage or face the loss of his house.
Drowning his woes at a tiny bar above a meatpacking warehouse, his friend and bar owner Joppy hooks him up with DeWitt Albright. Easy can't help but notice that Joppy, an ex-heavyweight fighter, is nervous, a sur...more
Albright is looking for a white girl named Daphne Monet who is known to hang out in bl...more
I've got a three book omnibus of Walter Mosley's first three novels and on the back of enjoying this one I'm looking forward to spending time with the next two books. Though written in the 1990s about the late 1940s these books really conjure up a similar feeling to Chandler or Hammett's writing to me. I'm not an expert or even well read on either of those writers though I guess. That's definitely how this book felt to me though. The first person writing is lean and there's enough intrigue and m...more
First, if you've read any of these hard boiled detectiv...more
But that isn't so easy for a black man in the forties. Easy looses his job when he turns down an extra shift at the plant. His mortgage is due and he doesn't know how he's gonna pay it so when his friend gives him th...more
Chandler’s stories were set in L.A. So were James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. Films, too. Sunset Blvd., Chinatown and L.A. Confidential off the top of my head.
Does it work so well because it shows the contrast between the light of the environment and the darkness that we sometimes see in the human soul?
If so, Walter Mosley heightened that contrast by bringing black detec...more
Easy soon finds out that easy money is never easy! Before long it seems that Easy has met the blond, had a little interview with the police, has uncovered a few corpses and is in fear for his life.
It was great to revisit Easy Rawlins as we first met him. It's after WWII and Easy has just lost his job for an airplane manufacturing plant. A friend of his sets him with a job looking for a girl. His employer in this adventure is a ruthless white man who wants Easy to search for a white girl who frequents places that white men can't easily go...more
"Easy" Rawlins had just been fired from his job for not taking on extra hours when he was exhausted, when the local bartender offers him a chance at some easy money - enough for at least one month's payment on his mortgage. So he takes it on, tryin...more
Walter Mosley's thriller, read by Paul Winfield.
Devil in a Blue Dress is a 1990 hardboiled mystery novel by Walter Mosley, the first of his mystery novels featuring Easy Rawlins, a black private detective in post-World War II Southern California.
The novel addresses issues of race and gender, as well as the post-war condition of black Americans. The plot follows Rawlins as he has been hired to find a woman w...more
And certainly, the ending, that in itself deserves the fourth star.
This was a first time effort for Walter Mosley in 1990 who is now an established and well respected author.
His protagonist, Easy (Ezekiel) Rawlins is such...more
For the first time in his life, he has something that's truly his (a house) of which he rightly proud. Unfortunately, he just lost his job and has a mortgage payment due, he doesn't have much choice in jobs, so, when one practically falls in his lap, he takes it on. In the process of searching for one Daphne Monet, Easy finds himself coming up such characters as Dewitt Albright, a...more
5 hrs and 35 mins
Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.
©2002 Walter Mosley; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
What the Critics Say
Audie Award Winner, Mystery and Suspense,...more
The mystery is a bit too convoluted for my tastes --- lot...more
I enjoyed the observations and philosophizing from Easy Rawlins...more
Devil is in the hard-boiled tradition with a lone detective working his w...more
So I read this book again, interested not so much in the mystery--which is never what I'm looking for--as the atmosphere, a...more
But having said that, I have to tell you that I was disappointed in "Devil" because it wasn't nearly as good as the film and I find that I'm unable to unlink them in my mind.
The book is good, interesting to read, fast paced. But although the same characters appear in both media, the characters...more
But this was an easy read, well-paced, descriptive, with a pretty likeable hero and a cast of other interes...more
As a series of books, the Easy Rawlins novels are a complex of Californian tragedies and have no equal, to my mind, in charting the descent of ane man into a dark place in...more
I go for literary merit in general and, though Mosley writes crisply with a fine ear for black dialect, there is none of the poetic magic of Chandler who defined an era by being there and not through observing it forty years on.
Sociologically and culturally though, it i...more
Mosley has written a series of best-selling historical mysteries featuring the hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator and World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles; it is perhaps his most popular work.
Mosley has written over 20 bo...more