Devil in a Blue Dress is Walter Mosley’s first Easy Rawlins mystery. Easy is a black, World War II veteran living in the Watts area of Los Angeles in the 40’s. When we first meet Easy, he’s out of work and worried about losing his house. He’s offered a job by a white man to find a girl. That’s all he has to do, find her. Things, obviously, get more complicated as Easy tries to figure out who wants to find this girl and why.
Devil is in the hard-boiled tradition with a lone detective working his way through a city seething with violence. An interesting twist on the formula is by how race plays into the story. Easy witnesses and is the victim of intense racism. It gives the story a unique feeling, and it makes you look forward to reading the rest of the Easy Rawlins stories. This book and series is highly recommended to fans of hard-boiled mysteries. --BrianFrom ICPL Staff Picks Blog