The Long Fall (Leonid McGill #1)
One thing that does stand out in the book is the author's handling of race. In first person voice, our lead character, Leonid McGill, comments on the race of every person who crosses his path. Indeed, black people are always rated on the level of blackness of their skin. I wouldn't mind all this, if it were i...more
Mosley, W. (2009). The Long Fall. New York: Penguin/Riverhead.
Leonid McGill is a 53-year old ex-boxer, ex-mobster, and now PI in contemporary New York city. He swears he is out of the mob life. An attorney from Albany has given him a list of four names to find. He eventually finds them but as soon as he returns the list, they are all dead. He goes to Albany to see the attorney and finds him dead. Then somebody tries to kill Leonid himself. Meanwhile the police are after him as a su...more
Mosley writes a complicated story to introduce his new series character Leonid McGill. McGill's effort to leave the gangster life behind are complicated by old ties and obligations. The result, as pointed out by several other reviewers, is an old-fashioned style PI story that puts McGill in the middle between the very rich and the gangster life he is trying to leave.
McGill's character remains shady but determined. He's a family man with responsibilities and he's going to live up to them, try...more
Unlike Rawlins, McGill is a legitimate PI, not someone who falls into adventures out of a good hea...more
And this is especially true in The Long Fall, the first in a series of books about Leonid McGill. McGill is a New York based private eye and an ex-boxer, so he’s already rife with qualities that m...more
Mosley moves the setting from Los Angeles in the past to Manhattan in the present day. No more 'Easy' or 'Fearless,' or even 'Socrates,' this guy is named Leonid, son of Tolstoy, brother to Nikita. His 'slave name,' as he says, is McGill...more
Life has not been easy. Abandoned by his father when he was twelve years old, his mother died within the next year. The rest of his childhood was spent in foster care and then on the streets. Trained to be a boxer, these fighting skills are often put to good use.
Plagued by past deeds and victims, one day when he realizes tha...more
There are no insights in this book. There are lots of hard-boiled cliches. The hero, Leonid McGill has a mixed up sort of family life that reminds me of Easy Rawlins or Dave Robicheaux. He is an ex-boxer tough but oh-so-tender (maybe he went a few roun...more
Set in modern-day New York, The Long Fall introduces Leonid McGill, a private investigator who, having spent his career mostly dishing dirt and setting up the guilty and innocent (of what he set them up for, at least) alike for hard falls, has pledged to turn over a new leaf and go "legit."
If his former life and associates will let him.
Toss in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife, chains of obligation and regret, three mostly grown ch...more
Mosley draws Leonid McGill as a flawed human being who has had a difficult life. He has insecurities—especially regarding his height—and he often ruminates on them, bringing to the reader's mind the problems and complexes they themselves might have. Despite h...more
I found this gem alredy in my bookcase, probably from some long-ago sale. Once again, my instincts for good writing came through.
This is the first of the Leonid McGill series, and I can't wait to get some more of them. Mosley brings to life a private eye that should be washed up: almost sixty...more
That said, his writing doesn’t fill anything buy my entertainment tank. He’s a good storyteller, but I can walk away in the middle of a chapter and not feel like I n...more
The author tells you a story, just the way it is. No suspense, no thrill. I wasn't compelled, I didn't want to find out what happened next, sometimes I didn't even want to turn the page. Worst of all, I couldn't relate to the main character, even come close to liking him, or want to find out what his fate would be. I was always the outsider, but I wanted to like...more
Among the many things I enjoyed about this book was meeting Leonid McGill, another one of Mosley's flawed, but likable, protagonists, haunted by terrible (as in criminal) things he'...more
I will always wish Walter Mosley had stayed in Los Angeles. But I will always read him no matter where he goes. It took me a while to catch on to the Easy Rawlins series. Mosley had set out to do nothing less than teach me about the African American community of Los Angeles. A community I grew up in.
From the point of view of the people who really live the history, the day to day folks whose lives become screaminingly a...more