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
Shorty Long and William "Mickey" Stevenson
The story of a man hired to find a mysterious woman is an old one and it takes a special writer to make it seem fresh and exciting. I think Mosley has succeeded here with his first Easy Rawlins mystery. There are twists and turns a-plenty and interesting characters/suspects add to the fun.
Rawlins is a richly-drawn, complex character. A WWII vet, he has been screwed around enough in the past to stay alert. H...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
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
The time is 1948. The town is Los Angeles. The hero is Easy Rawlins, an out of work black war veteran. The mortgage payment's coming due, so Easy accepts the assignment of finding Daphne Monet, a blonde torch singer with a penchant for jazz and criminal black consorts. In his search through a sleazy, fearful city, he is lucky to be under the protection of the murderous Mouse who wants a piece of the action. Easy Rawlins is a fascinating creation driving a plot that carrie...more
I always heard great things about the Easy Rawlins series of books and was curious whether I'd find a new series to explore.
And though I found this to be a quick'n'easy and overall enjoyable read I did feel that it lacked the certain je-ne-sais-quoi that I'd associate with most of the bet...more
This first novel in the Easy Rawlins serie...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
On the other hand, I didn't enjoy reading this book. It was required of me to read for a college class, and so I just spent a solid day on it so I could be done before the next class meeting. It left me feeling icky; I guess that's how Noir is supposed to go, but the last Noir book left me at l...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
Ezekiel Easy Rawlins has just lost his job, and his fear is that he’s going to lose his home. Before the times become to trying his friend Joppy introduces him to DeWitt Albright, a white man, in search of a young white woman, Daphne Monet. Joppy tells Easy that it’s easy money with virtually no commitment or real work.
What Easy finds is a whole lot of people that he’s had contact with because of his search for Daphne Monet meeting with their untimely demise. When the police get inv...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