Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > Cinnamon Kiss
by Walter Mosley
The Easy Rawlins novels comment sharply on America in the second half of the twentieth century. Though Easy is African-American, both black and white readers have embraced the novels. Devil in a Blue Dress (1990), the first in the series, chronicled post-World War II America; last year's Little Scarlet depicted the Watts Riots. This time, the Summer of Love, antiwar protests, and the nation's growing awareness of civil rights form a convincing backdrop for Easy's divided America. Some parts of the novel are uncharacteristically melodramatic and unsophisticated; The Washington Post even called Cinnamon an extraneous character. Minor complaints, really. Notes Entertainment Weekly: "Mosley could probably take an elderly Easy into the Rodney King era with no problem at all."
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.