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4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
When Walter Mosley published the first Leonid McGill novel, The Long Fall-the acclaimed New York Times bestseller that is now being developed as a series for HBO-it was clear that this new hero was a man with a past. He was a private investigator who had "decided to go from crooked to slightly bent," turning down the shady but lucrative work that New York's thugs and mobst ...more
ebook, 50 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Riverhead Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 08, 2012 Helaine rated it liked it
This is the first story in the Leonid McGill series--a mere 37 pages--that sets the scene and characters for the next four books--except just as Walter Mosley states in his nonfiction work about writing a novel, the first draft is never what you end up with. Leonid's wife becomes a much more sympathetic character in the following novels than in this first story. Leonid's children are drawn with more depth in the novels and are more likeable. It seems that all the characters become more engaging, ...more
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Feb 21, 2012 Naomi V rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, kindle, 2012
short book by Walter Mosely, the writer of the Easy Rawlins books. very interesting introduction to the character of Leonid McGill, a PI in present-day New York. his family situation is difficult, married to a woman who gave birth to three children that may not be his, there's some friction between what his job requires, what his past includes, and what his conscience tells him to do.
Apr 26, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it
I like this forerunner to the Leonard McGill series, explaining how the character thinks and his motivation. I've read most of Mosley's books and find them all quick reads.
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Mar 31, 2013 Benjamin Plume rated it really liked it
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Not bad, but I could've used a little more buildup. I suppose it is a short story format so I should expect a tighter arc. As always Mosley wrote with a voice I really admire.
Aug 31, 2014 Jewell rated it it was amazing
As always Walter keeps me on the edge of my seat. This e special was a very quick read. Started it on vacation and completed it in two days. Short but full of suspense.
May 22, 2015 Eddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The prequel to the series of Leonid McGill mysteries.
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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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