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Blonde Faith

(Easy Rawlins #11)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,354 ratings  ·  218 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 6th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published November 21st 2007)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardboiled
”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
Jason Koivu
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, crime, fiction
Another solid addition to the Easy Rawlins series.

I've read books from three of Walter Mosley's series and private detective Rawlins is so far my favorite character. He's old shoe comfort, easy like Sunday morning, and a good mix of thoughtful and tough. His courage makes sense and his honor is admirable.

I really like that these books are set just after LA's Watts riots of '65 when the city was in racial tumult. It adds tension to just about every scene.

Blonde Faith has a more convoluted plot
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-as-night
Six years passed between this one and book twelve, I assumed Mosley was done with this character and now i’ve read Blonde Faith I think it’s fair to say that whilst the usual quality story and societal observation is readily available there was also an attempt at a little bit of wish fulfillment for the author and his protagonist. His conquests are at Jack Reacher levels for example, every woman he meets wants to get to know Little Easy, and all the great supporting characters in his life (and s ...more
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
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I'm saying this for almost every installment in this series and I'm going to say it again. This series is absolutely wonderful! Easy is a wonderfully complicated and relatable character. Easily one of my all time favorite characters.

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Sep 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kenya Wright
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up on Easy Rawlins. Reading the new book was like visiting my mom at home! It was a blast!! I hope this becomes a show one day!!
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: car-e-books
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.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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) ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's so repetitive to say Walter Mosley has done it again, but damnit Walter Mosley has done it AGAIN! You know the scenario Easy is hired and not to find missing persons (this time his friend Christmas Black) a woman (who surprisingly has blonde hair) AND a missing Mouse (his killa best friend) he finds deception, women nightmares and dead bodies along the way.

Easy is still dealing with his personal drama from losing Bonnie, the love of his life to another man and trying to be a father to his k
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the context of the recent Watts riots in LA, this mystery had all of the fun of a standard private dick story, with some critical race stuff thrown in for good measure. The women were flat as can be, which is also standard for the private eye trope, but I so valued the historical context and the honesty about being a black man in ‘67 i was willing to role with the more stale parts of the narrative and just enjoy the ride. I’ll listen to the whole series for sure, and def check out our Den ...more
Laura Hoffman Brauman
I think this is my favorite Easy Rawlins so far. Bonnie is getting married to another man, a friend leaves his daughter at Easy's house with no explanation, his son and his girfriend have a new baby, Feather is growing up, and Mouse is missing. He's got a lot on his plate and he's not dealing well with any of it - but he's Easy and he finds a way through. I really enjoyed this one.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading 11 Rawlins novels, I have come to see that, far more than being good detective/crime stories, this series explores the mind of a Black man in a white world, here in the US. I have no delusions of truly understanding all that could mean, but I sincerely do believe that I have a better understanding than I did. The stories are very good, but it's the psychology of the characters that runs above virtually any other series I have read.
Carl R.
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aurora Vaca
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a fan but the way every woman Easy met was a knockout who happened to want him (see Etta Mae, Faith, Tourmaline, Chevette, Belinda, etc) really put me off, made the story unrealistic. Easy is a bitter aging man who is eaten up inside with regret- how is he irresistible to every female he comes across?
The women in this book really lacked nuance of any kind and there's a point when he goes on and on about Leafa, the special good looking child. Too bad her other siblings were just nois
May 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read that Mr. Mosley will be writing 2 more books in the series. Although I really enjoyed this book, originally believing it was the final bow for Easy Rawlins, I'd expected more from the story. But since Easy's story is continuing, my excitement level has risen. I had originally given Blonde Faith a 3.5 because I thought there wasn't enough closure given, but I'm upping it to 4.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 2018
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.
2/4/18 re-read, time to clear my book shelves. He writes a fair thriller
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like his writing and his unique use of language. Easy is a great character but this one seems to just be too much. Overly convoluted and sometimes hard to follow. Easy's angst over his lost love grew tedious, his fall(s) from a variety of graces were all over the place and the ending was ridiculous. Might go back to some of the older ones.
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.

Linda Wormely
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walter Mosley NEVER Disappoints!!!

Love me some Easy Rawlins!!! Walter Mosley NEVER disappoints...NEVER. Been enjoying Mr. Mosley's masterpieces for a really long time, but I'm running a little behind. So please excuse me as I pursue gem #12, #13, etc. in this series. Peace,
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.
James Fant
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Devoured This Novel!

I devoured this book. Left no crumbs. Left no stone unturned. Aw, man! This book!!! It might be the best Easy Rawlins novel I’ve read. Might be the best BOOK I’ve ever read! Walter Mosley was on one. He was in a zone with this one. Starting out with the rescue of Chevette Johnson and then throwing Easy into a missing persons case, actually three missing persons, two persons of which are his good friends. Both deadly. So what does it mean when two very vicious, and extremely
After going through most of Walter Mosley’s Leonid McGill series, I decided to switch back to the books that drew me to his work in the first place: good ol’ Easy Rawlins.

Having read most of the McGill books (and unlike the Rawlins series, they’re mostly the same in terms of plot and tone) I have a fresh perspective on the Rawlins ones and Mosley’s evolution as a writer. McGill has always felt like the character Mosley wanted to write but didn’t get to until later in his career, when he had a be
Ray Campbell
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Another terrific addition to the Easy Rawlins series. This is a solid mystery/adventure with a blond haired blue eyed young woman at the center. As always, Easy is the hero to the underdog while managing to take from the rich criminals and give to the poor and downtrodden. All the usual cast of characters are here, but in this one, Easy manages mostly by himself without being overly abused.

From what I understand about the series, Mosley had intended this to be his last Easy Rawlins book. Through
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was my introduction to Walter Mosley...  and I absolutely loved it!!!
The protagonist is Ezekiel Rawlins (Easy for short) and the year is 1967... in real life I was 12 yo in 67, and wasn't paying a lot of attention to what was going on. I knew about the Watts Riots down in Los Angeles but it wasn't anything I cared about... In this book I learn about what it meant to be black back in the day and I realize not a lot has changed in the ensuing years... I know this is a mystery, a great o
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walther Mosely's EZ Rawlins series has become one of my go-to book series when I want something reliably enjoyable. This is a mystery series, but what I've realized is that the mystery is really just the McGuffin driving the plot forward. What is so fun about these books is following the story of EZ Rawlins and his friends and family in LA in the 1960s. In this one, EZ is emotionally reeling from his break up with Bonnie, and trying to clear his friend Mouse's charge of a murder. I wish I'd star ...more
COL(ret.) Frank J. Stech, PhD
Mosley is one of this country's finest writers. He blends brilliant novels with social commentary that cuts straight to the bone of race that is the spine of America. He always tells a dark tale of murder, lust, and raw justice. Along the way he shows us what we could never see unless our skin was black and we lived life feeling the powerlessness of the oppressed. In each decade his brush strokes paint our senseless racial prejudices from the inside out. Some day critics may compare his vision t ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I read Devil in the Blue Dress and Black Betty years ago and always wanted to read another. I'm not sure if this book was better than the other 2 but I'm older now and can say the situation and characters kept me wanting more. It was a quick read and now I'm truly an Easy fan. His rawness drew me in. I will definitely read more of his series although, probably not in order.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: hard-boiled
Probably not the best idea to read the (first) last book in a series after having only read the first. Much of this book pointed to the final scene - lots of characters from the series (most of whom I was unfamiliar with) made a final bow. Pretty good, but I'll have to come back to it after I read more of the earlier entries.
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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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