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Rose Gold

(Easy Rawlins #13)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,841 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, has been kidnapped by a black revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth. Their leader, Uhuru Nolicé, is holding her for ransom and if he doesn’t receive the money, weapons, and apology he demands, “Rose Gold” will die—horribly and publicly. So the authorities turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the nece ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published September 23rd 2014)
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Michael Devil in a Blue Dress (the first Easy Rawlins book) was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle in 1995. Always Outnumbered,…moreDevil in a Blue Dress (the first Easy Rawlins book) was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle in 1995. Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (the first Socrates Fortlow book) was made into an HBO movie starring Laurence Fishburne in 1998. That's it so far. There have been rumors and some pre-production work on an Easy Rawlins TV series and a Leonid McGill TV series, but neither have made it to the screen so far.

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David Dacosta
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. The very idea that Walter Mosley has been exploring the world of protagonist Ezekiel Rawlins for the past quarter century without losing steam is a true wonder. The fact that these stories are based decades in the past, and still manage to maintain a tangible sense of believability for both its period and characters is a testament to this author’s brilliance. I’ve always been intrigued by how intensely Mosley speaks on the African-American condition of tha ...more
Easy Rawlins needs money. Again. This guy can't get a break. Sometimes I wish that this series would just end where Easy acquires a bunch of money, sends Feather off to a good school overseas, retires from running the streets, settles down on farmland out in Ventura somewhere with Bonnie and tend crops on his farm all day. He definitely deserves it. But nope, them's the breaks. Easy seems destined to roam the streets of Los Angeles as a private dick. Money trouble always seems to creep up on him ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
This series just makes me happy. I am now almost caught up in the series with only one more story to go before I have to join everyone else waiting with baited breath for the newest Easy Rawlins story. As I've said before and will undoubtedly say many times more-Easy is one of my all time favorite characters.

This book also has one of my favorite quotes by a character: "Readin' a good book is like meetin' a girl you wanna get to know bettah. "... "You don't just have one talk and think you know
Jason Koivu
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid entry in the Easy Rawlins series. Rose Gold summons the usual race relations issues of the '60s, it takes us all around "historic" Los Angeles, and stretches out to my stomping grounds of Santa Barbara. But this one also includes government intrigue, an unusual element in the Rawlins books that I've read so far. There is a touch of longwindedness herein, because of all the many plot lines Mosley strings together. Not all of them are exciting, but in general, this is a page turner.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walter Mosley has written another terrific Easy Rawlins mystery. This one is set in the turbulent 60's era: Black Power, hippies, getting high, and the rebellion of youth against The Man. As for the title, Rose Gold is the nickname used for Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a wealthy arms manufacturer.

Easy Rawlins, a black detective already well known to the LAPD, is who they go to help find Rose. Maybe she has been kidnapped by a Black Power anarchist, or just maybe she is in on the plot and
Mahoghani 23
Easy, Easy, Easy.....a smart yet sensitive man/Private Eye. No matter what the world throws at him during the 60s, he's still able to get to the truth.

There's something peculiar when 4 plainclothes policemen show up and assist you in moving into your new home. That's what happen and Easy knows there's something funny about the case they want him to take. There are too many missing pieces and his instincts are telling him to say no but he could use the money to pay for the repairs to his apartme
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jemir by: 87
No one can play those that underestimate him (and many do) like a game of chess the way Easy Rawlins does.

Walter Mosley's creation returns in this story set in the 1960's where protests against the vietnam war and other aspects of the counter-culture movement grab attention and headlines. In the midst of this Easy Rawlins (having recovered a bit from the near death experience addressed in the book that came before this one) has pretty much given up the private eye business as he and his family a
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readsoullit
Okay so look.

I liked this one, but there was a moment when it kinda dipped for me, about the middle and I think it was because Mouse wasn't in this one. But when New Bob showed up and did his Mouse impersonation it sparked it up for me. I thought the mystery was self explanatory, and Easy did too, it was just getting all the players to play their parts and to get them all in the right place was the only way this was going to resolve itself.

3.25 stars
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
The mayor and the chief of police in LA want Easy Rawlins to investigate the disappearance and potential kidnapping of Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a prominent weapons manufacturer. They need Rawlins because he's black and think he will have a better chance of finding Bob Mantle, a black boxer-turned-revolutionary who has been seen with Rosemary in Los Angeles. Rose Gold is loosely based on Patty Hearst, and Easy does his usual great job of finding missing people. While I could deal with ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is standard Mosley fare, and he keeps the story tight and swift. Also, he closed this one well, which we can't always say about Mosley endings. Lot's of intrigue in this mystery, sprinkled with the ever present commentary of the times, 1967 and the plight of African-Americans in Easy's Los Angeles, CA.

Easy is working on a supposed kidnapping of Rosemary Goldsmith, but things aren't always as simple as they seem. There is also a missing person that is apparently being framed by the LAPD, wh
Linwood Barclay
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a Walter Mosley fan for a long time, particularly the Easy Rawlins novels, and this a very good one. Mosley is a strong, sometimes complicated, plotter, and he juggles several story lines here, but manages to weave them together well. Strong characterizations, terrific dialogue, and often very thoughtful. Reads like cream.
Phillip III
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will never forget seeing Denzel Washington in the movie, Devil in a Blue Dress. Thought it was one of the best films I'd ever seen. I then did some digging of my own. Learned that the movie was based on the book of the same name, by Walter Mosely. Ever since, I have been a devout fan, Devout.

ROSE GOLD is the 13th Easy Rawlins novel. Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is an African American private investigator. The books take place between the 1940s through the 1960s. It is some of the best noir, gritty,
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've missed too many of Walter Mosley's books in the last few years. I'm glad I didn't miss this one. Last year in Little Green East Rawlings had awoke from a coma after hurtling off a cliff. He's back in the game now, has just moved to a bigger house with his adopted daughter, Feather. He and Brenda seem to be back on track, and perhaps Brenda will be ready to give the relationship another chance. On "Moving Day" LAPD detectives knock on his door and make him an offer he can't refuse. Help us f ...more
Jim Leffert
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walter Mosley is back with another absorbing, attitude-laced, Easy Rawlins saga, taking place in the 1960’s. A honcho in the LA Police Dept. offers Easy a small fortune to find Rose Goldsmith, a Patty Hearst-like figure whose father is an international armaments manufacturer. Rose has disappeared along with a group of radicals who are believed to have killed cops and committed crimes. Rose is reportedly in the company of an African American agitator who calls himself Uhuru Nolice, but who is act ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
I started reading this series a lot of years ago and have enjoyed all of them except one. This one was really first-rate! Easy has a lot going on this time. As the book begins he's moving to a new house when the LAPD shows up with an odd request. Seems Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of an uber-wealthy weapons manufacturer, has been kidnapped, maybe by a Black Power anarchist....or has she? Her family & the cops are keeping it under wraps and the cops want Easy's help with the case. Things ...more
John Devlin
Always a pleasure to read Mosley and Ez Rawlins.

I imagine if I liked wine or beer this book would be like sitting on my back porch watching the sun go down on a balmy day after a long day of physical work.

Mighty Fine.

Many series play themselves out in the first three or so novels. Not the Rawlins series. This work has managed to stay fresh, which is high praise indeed.
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite things is reading an author that I've grown to know so well that reading their books gives me this comforting sense of familiarity and homecoming. Walter Mosley, and especially the Easy Rawlins series, does that for me.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a smattering of Easy Rawlins mysteries over the years, but had not read any for quite a while until I read “Charcoal Joe”, the book after “Rose Gold” in the series. It was obvious from “Charcoal Joe” that things have changed drastically from the Easy books early in the series – there is quite an extended family of characters and Easy has money. And, as he repeats in “Charcoal Joe”, he got it in the Rose Gold case. So I had to read “Rose Gold” to see where that money came from, as it se ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book takes place in and around Los Angeles during the Vietnam war. Easy Rawlins is hired/blackmailed into searching for an heiress and her black boyfriend by the assistant to the chief of police of Los Angeles. In the course of this search, Easy calls in lots of favors and ends up solving several other mysteries. The sheer number of characters and these side mysteries made me feel like I needed to take notes to keep up. That made this a difficult read for me. Also, there was a lot of politi ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was first introduced to Mosley when a magazine article named the Easy Rawlins' books as favorites of Bill Clinton, who was president at the time. Curious, I picked one up, and have been a fan ever since.

I love the classic detective stories of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Reminiscent of those protagonists, Easy Rawlins works the mean streets of Los Angeles. But, Mosley's hero is a black man struggling against the prejudices of mid-Century America. He has many of the characteristics of
Aug 23, 2014 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Description: Rose Gold is two colors, one woman, and a big headache.

In this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don't receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, "Rose Gold" will die—horribly and publicly. So the FB
I have been a Walter Mosley and Easy Rawlins fan since reading Mosley’s first novel shortly after it was published. He wasn’t the first author to set crime and mystery novels in vintage Los Angeles but he’s definitely one of the best at it. He makes the entire city come alive in his novels, and Easy Rawlins is a character I could read about forever. So you know it was a no brainer for me to pick up Rose Gold, which also takes place during a period near and dear to my heart, the late 1960’s. Even ...more
Mary MacKintosh
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I missed Easy Rawlins during the years after he drove over a cliff. I tried reading Mosley's Leonid McGill, New York-based mysteries, but I didn't like McGill, and I missed Los Angeles, with its corrupt cops, warm, polluted air and bright sun. Easy Rawlins survived the cliff experience, and is back in LA. Honestly, Rose Gold is a tangle of problems for Easy, but he, of course, pushes through the brambles to a satisfying resolution for everyone involved, including the reader. I had forgotten how ...more
Marissa Morrison
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I wish there were a new Easy Rawlins book to read every day, because I enjoy this character and the mysteries he solves so much. Mosley arranges words like gems in an exquisite piece of jewelry. This book is especially wonderful because Easy (and the author?) have calmed down regarding the fairer sex. There are no nymphomaniacs approaching Easy this time. In fact, when he spots a naked woman he asks her to put some clothes on. I love how Easy enjoys reading as much as he does manipulating bad gu ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*received for free through Goodreads First Reads

With vivid imagery and flowing prose, this story paints a solid picture of life for an African American PI in 1960's Los Angeles. As someone who grew up in LA, I liked the references to places I've been and thought that Easy was a well-developed character. The biggest issue I had was the many tangents and asides that came with Easy's ruminations during the narration (it get's a bit distracting).
J C0llier
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back Easy... missed your crazy world.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Mosley's attention to detail and character development are awesome. Each twist and turn left me wishing the book wouldn't end. At the same it could end fast enough because I wanted to see how the plot would play out. Will definitely recommend and reread this book.
I'm happy to see Easy return, as he's one of my favorite series PIs - Mosley's done an excellent job picking up the thread originally laid down by Chandler and Hammett and weaving it into LA's post-war fabric. The web of Easy's relationships can get complex to follow, but is essential to understanding how his community works both within and against traditional power structures.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Easy Rawlins mystery is an endlessly entertaining read. Few do better with the private eye genre than Walter Mosley.
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
I hit a reading slump and was desperate to read one of my author favourites to pull me out. So I decided to order the last two novels in the Easy Rawlins series, that I haven’t read yet!
I am a HUGE fan of Walter Mosley’s writing style and he provides the most AMAZING book quotes. His writing is informative, intriguing and genius!

Another thing I love about this specific series, is being able to step into Easy’s shoes and see life through his eyes. After all, how else am I going to experience be
2014? I was surprised to find this book in the Oegstgeest library!
Rawlins is said to be 47 in this book [Mosley makes sure you know!]

I like how Mosley includes a few sketches of what maybe were ideas he has had for plots of books that didn't turn out to develop any further -- what I'm saying is he will have Easy tell somebody about a person or event in the past that is only vaguely related to what's going on. It's fun to read those anecdotes, they are always of interest.

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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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