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Blonde Faith (Easy Rawlins #11)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,537 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Chrismas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that the ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems. The love of his life is marrying another man a ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 10th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2007)
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african american mysteries
8th out of 92 books — 35 voters
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Jeffrey Keeten
”Most beauty fades upon closer examination. Coarse features, unnoticed awkwardness, false teeth, scars, alcoholism, or just plain dumb; there is an abundance of possible flaws that we might miss on first sight. These blemishes are what we come to love in time. We are drawn to the illusion and stay for the reality that makes up the woman.”

Easy Rawlins always has plenty of problems of his own, but he would much rather focus on other people’s problems. When Easter, daughter of Christmas Black, show
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jo
well i finished this. it wasn't entirely easy (ha ha) because it's a dark, bitter novel about personal failure and social dysfunction. that people survive at all is due to occasional encounters with the milk of human kindness, in the form mainly of a) adorable little girls, b) women who are generous with their natural gifts and c) easy rawlins. too bad that easy rawlins seems to be pretty much at the end of his tether. one less source of kindness in the world.

mosley's indictment of the pervasive
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Dirk
I first heard of Walter Mosley back about the time Bill Clinton was elected President, the first time. In some interview or another he said that his favorite write was Walter Mosley. Usually when a politician is asked for their favorite book or author they answer with something that makes them sound religious (The Bible) or smart somehow (some old Greek dude). I was sort of intrigued by Clinton’s answer so I checked for Mosley at the library. Most of his books are about a black guy in L.A. (Easy ...more
Carol
Nov 10, 2007 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Walter Mosley readers
Shelves: suspense
Excellent book!
I could'nt keep the book down!
I have to say "Blonde Faith" is one of my favorite books by Walter Mosley.
Walter Mosely is a creative auther each page is full of suspense and mystery.
Carl Brush
Fans of Easy Rawlins will probably be upset somewhat by this book, though you have to read all the way to the last page to find out why I say that. You won’t hear it from me. For most of the book Mosley gives us Easy in his usual incarnation--a streetwise detective who is both too sensitive and too intellectual to be messing around in the criminal world. He quotes Shakespeare and Hegel as he goes about trying to help the innocent distressed and punish the iniquitous distressers. He broods (“I sa ...more
Sheryl
I couldn't finish this. It was so much moping about Bonnie who he loved dearly but just couldn't call in a whole year. And it was very slow, at least to where I stopped listening to it. After reading all the great reviews, I wonder if I should give it another chance. But I don't think so. The names annoyed me too, although I could get past them if the story was better.
Mary Newcomb
Easy Rawlins is helping his friend, then things get complicated. LA in 1968 was not always a friendly place, Mosley puts it in fascinating, lyrical perspective. The final section of this tale is not one I relished, even though I knew it was coming.

Paris Minton
This book was amazing. As always, Mosley's poignant statements on race in America hit hard. I loved this book all the way to the bitter end. This may be my favorite in the Easy Rawlins series (right next to Little Scarlet & Little Yellow Dog)
Jactitation
It's not his strongest, but there's some interesting stuff about Easy in there. And the ending...well, nothing's ever as final with Mosely as it seems, but damn.
PinkieBrown
Catching up with a character I lost touch with years back, Easy Rawlins has gathered a large (confusing?) cast of supporting characters starring one prime psychopathic charmer, Mouse. Mosley hides his ace up his sleeve for most of the book; a clever move and the mere mention of Ray Alexander's name gets a frightened reaction enough to power the story.

Mosley wants to chronicle the struggles of a black man playing detective and therefore rubbing up wrong with authority. Rawlins will instinctively
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Iowa City Public Library
The cat escaped the bag in the 10/14 New York Times Book Review, where a full page ad with this headline, asked the question, "Is this really the end for Easy?" Blonde Faith, just out, is the eleventh title in this fine series, which follows a tough, black detective thru post-war Watts into the mid-60′s. It’s also a kind of social history of black society during that time, full of surprises and insights for the white reader.

Blonde Faith is pretty dark, even for this series. Easy’s ad hoc family
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Jeanette
This was the first Easy Rawlins book I've read. It's the tenth in the series, and, perhaps, the last. I could tell that there were many previous situations and interactions amongst the characters, as they were referred to often. That didn't hamper my ability to enjoy reading the book. And I did enjoy it.[return][return]At first, I couldn't get past the characters' names (Christmas, Easter Dawn, Feather, Chevette, etc.), but I pushed through anyway. Turned out to be a good story, well-written.[re ...more
Deon Stonehouse
Easy is in a melancholy state, male pride has left him estranged from his woman. He knows he should pick up the phone to call Bonnie, try to patch things back together. He never summons the strength to make the call. His bright spot in life is from his children, they mean the world to him. Feather is still a little girl, but Jesus has grown up to be a fine man. Easy is now a grandfather, Bonita and Jesus have a little baby of their own. Easy keeps thinking of that phone and calling Bonnie, but i ...more
Spiros
Aug 26, 2007 Spiros rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Raymond Chandler
Shelves: arc, california
For reasons that are entirely unclear to me, I have fallen completely out of touch with the writings of Walter Mosley. I read the first six Easy Rawlins mysteries, and enjoyed them very much. I liked RL's Dream, and was captivated by the two Socrates Fortlow books. At this very moment I could probably find hardcover copies of the three Easy Rawlins novels which I haven't read in the bargain bins at work; all this raises the question, what made me stop reading Walter Mosley? Was I dubious of the ...more
Wendy
The Easy Rawlins books are compulsively readable mysteries. I've always enjoyed the unusual (to this white suburban girl) perspective on recent American history, and if it sometimes seems like Mosley is hitting us over the head with racism, that is only because for most non-white Americans, life hits them over the head with racism every day. My main complaint about the series is that every single woman Easy meets is dying to go to bed with him. All of them. Bad girls, good girls, married women, ...more
Melodie
I had forgotten just how good a writer Mosley is! Found out a new Easy book is coming in September and realized I was 2 books behind. This is a dark tale. Most of the Easy Rawlins books are dark, but this one just seemed more so. He's dealing with his own personal fallout from what happened with Bonnie, the love of his life, while looking for 2 of his friends. One has left his child on Easy's doorstep with no explanation and the other, his best friend Mouse, at the request of Mouse's wife, Etta ...more
Larry Piper
One characteristic of a good book is that the author makes you care about the protagonist. One reason Great Expectations is so good is that you care deeply about Pip's adventures. "Oh no", you say, "what's going to happen to Pip?" And so you read on, fully engaged in Pip's life.

So too, it would seem with Walter Mosley's character Easy Rawlins. By mere chance, I got two Easy Rawlins' books to take on vacation, and again by chance, they followed in chronological order. After I finished the second
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Cassandra Wilson
Thanks to reading Vern's Book site, Prissy Book Snob Blog, I discovered Walter Mosley. I am glad she didn't disappoint me! Blonde Faith was my first book by Walter Mosley AND my first Easy Rawlins Thriller. I really enjoyed reading this book. The continuous twists and turns of the plot kept me wanting more. I like how Mosley make Easy so real. The imagery and dialogue draws the reader into a world unknown but familiar. Easy Rawlins is almost your suspicious but likable neighbor next door. Even t ...more
AmyK
I love Walter Mosley and especially the Easy Rawlins books. I just really enjoy Mosley's writing style, easy to read yet beautiful sentences on every page. I haven't read the Easy Rawlins books in order, and happened upon this one with a very surprising ending. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the one that followed a few years later.

Joan
Easy solves a new problem when Mouse disappears. His friend Christmas drops off daughter Easter at Easy's. Feather helps to care for Easter while Easy is out meeting new women while trying to find Mouse. Easy gets dropped into a drug war. Even through Easy threw Bonnie out, he can't forget her. She is always on his mind. I hate the end of this book.
Sally
This book was written about the 1960s in Southern California. In that time period I was a high school girl in Northern California. It was really interesting to experience what EZ felt and how he was treated when I knew no Black people. His characters were well draw and relateable. I enjoyed the complexity of his tale.
Aurora Vaca
This is my first experience with Walter Mosley and with Easy Rawlins(other than watching the movie "Devil In A Blue Dress"). I freakin LOVED this book. I want to read the entire series. The book read as a conversation with a black man from the 60's who has seen and done more than most. Mosley's excellent. use of imagery brought me into the book... I heard the sounds, tasted the food and air, and could actually see the places Easy visited and the wide array of people he encountered.

Without givin
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Tasha
Mosley is a very good writer and I enjoyed the story, it was a mystery which I typically like. The thing is, it took place in the late 60's ealy 70's and is told by a black man... so there are a lot of statements and remarks that were used in the writing (which were very true of the time) but made it hard for me to read because they are offensive and very racial. It was also a very eye opening read in that it made me think about reading (as a consumer) from the black perspective. Most books are ...more
Patrick Hurley
Blonde Faith was an excellent book, as are nearly all of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries. Pure goddam poetry.

I was a bit upset when I heard that the author claim this was the last one--the ending saddened me so much I found myself drinking a bit of scotch to toast Easy last night.

UNTIL, that is, I checked Mr. Mosely's website and found out that after a six year hiatus, Mr. Mosley has agreed to write at least two more Easy Rawlins books!!!


SPOILERS:

I had hoped, as watched Easy plunge into
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Judith
Blonde Faith, by Walter Mosley, is the latest and possibly the last of the Easy Rawlins mysteries, ten thrillers set in race-torn Los Angeles in the post-war days of the Red Scare, the Watts Riots, and the Vietnam War. Blonde Faith opens with the arrival of a little girl at Easy’s house, the daughter of a friend who has disappeared. By the time Easy is onto why and perhaps where he disappeared to, he has had to send his own family into hiding to protect them all. Easy’s voice makes it all person ...more
Roger
I've just finished all eleven Easy Rawlins mysteries, by Walter Mosley. What a great writer! This one had the strangest ending of just about any novel I've ever read.
Sladewilson
The tenth Easy Rawlings mystery just might be the end for Easy. If it is, I enjoyed the ride but I would still ask for one more because clearly, Mr. Mosely is still on top of his game.

Easy is searching for two friends whom he believes are in need of his help. Nevermind these are two of the most dangerous men one could know, Christmas Black and one Raymond Alexander, better known as Mouse. All of this is to hide his pain from making the love of his life, Bonnie, leave him for what he believes is
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Joann
I don't usually add all the mysteries I read on my Goodreads list, but the 10th Easy Rawlins "thriller" is just that. Mosley has the ability to create a host of believable characters described in short, precise language - "a big black man who resembled a walrus in size, shape and skin color. He even had a drooping salt-and-pepper mustasche." Read one of the Rawlins series and you will never forget Flower, Jesus, Etta Mae, Mouse, Jewelle, Jackson Blue and the other inhabitants of the post-Watts r ...more
Sara
So, Easy is many hard places in this installment, but given that two more books follow, looks like the ending isn't quite as dire as it seems.
Diane
Nov 03, 2008 Diane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who are Walter Mosley fans.
Recommended to Diane by: My daughter-in-law Claire got me started on the Easy Rawlins ser
I've read all the Easy Rawlins books and I enjoy them because readers get a history of Los Angeles from the perspective of a black man who is making his perilous way in the world. This particular entry in the series seems a little sleep-walky, lacking the instensity of the earlier books. Maybe that's because Easy spends most of the book searching for missing people while he's moping about his lost love.

What is intact is Walter Mosley's Los Angeles rebuilding itself after the Watts riots. The cli
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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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Other Books in the Series

Easy Rawlins (1 - 10 of 13 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)
  • A Little Yellow Dog (Easy Rawlins #5)
  • Gone Fishin' (Easy Rawlins #6)
  • Bad Boy Brawly Brown (Easy Rawlins #7)
  • Six Easy Pieces (Easy Rawlins #8)
  • Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins #9)
  • Cinnamon Kiss (Easy Rawlins #10)
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