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Trouble Is What I Do

(Leonid McGill #6)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back -- and investigating crimes against society's most downtrodden -- in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist.

Leonid McGill's spent a lifetime building up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge
Hardcover, Large Print, 288 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Mulholland Books
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Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this 6th book in the 'Leonid McGill' series, the private detective runs into trouble when he agrees to deliver a letter. The book can be read as a standalone.


Leonid McGill is a 60-year-old black man who runs a detective agency in New York City. Leonid's employees are his capable secretary/receptionist Mardi and his son Twill.

Mardi quickly assesses visitors to the agency, and uses a simple code to convey her observations to Leonid over the intercom. For example, when Mardi
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
"To paraphrase the great Sugar Ray Robinson," I said, "trouble is what I do."

And Walter Mosley knows how to make it rain trouble through his very multi-faceted character of Leonid McGill, private investigator hanging his hat in New York City. Leonid and I had not met before I picked up Trouble Is What I Do. He's caused me to look over my shoulder at the previous five novels from his creator, Walter Mosley. Will be embracing those very soon.

As I gather, Leonid walks face first into highly
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love revisiting Mosley's characters and Leonid McGill is one of my favorites. Like Easy Rawlins he is a smooth character who easily navigates this dangerous world with wit and charm. In this installment McGill has been tasked to carry a letter to a new bride. This letter decrees her ancestry is not as pale as her Mayflower heritage suggests. Sounds like a simple task for a complicated man like McGill. But fans would know that if Leo had any luck it is bad luck. Danger quickly finds him and ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Walter Moselys novel, Trouble is What I Do, private investigator Leonid McGill is tasked with delivering a letter to the daughter of a wealthy, powerful and racist politician. The letter reveals a black lineage to this heiress (as well as her pops). But Mosleys book is more than just this humdinger of a crime story, freely peppered with thugs and assassins. It is a plea for everyone to get along. For us to treat our fellow humans like the brothers and sisters they are. Leonid is assisted in ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Very quick read. Part of a series, but works as a standalone. There were too many names thrown at me, but I liked the main plot about identity. I also liked the rapid fire dialog. The narration by Dion Graham of the audio book was excellent.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrifty novel, just 166 pages but filled with the usual Mosley charm, wit, wisdom and humor. Yes, I know its hard to believe that one can pack drama, tension, intrigue and riff on racism, privilege and family in those too few pages. But Mosley shows up as the master he is and works magic.

Leonid McGill simply has to deliver a letter. But fans of McGill, know nothing is ever simple with McGill and this letter though brief is far from simple. It has life altering information and that makes it
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mosley
To Paraphrase The Great Sugar Ray Robinson TroubleIsWhatIDo ...more
Robert Justice
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like Leonid McGill, your only complaint will be that its too short. ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. Here is that review:

Four stars

Fans of Walter Mosley - like me - will get exactly what they hope for here: an engaging and fast moving plot, the characteristic charm of Leonid, the juxtaposition between visible and invisible players/motives/settings, and a complex investigation of race, family, and human connection.

I love Mosley's work, and this novel - despite its brevity - reminded me of
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whew ......what a short but intense ride....full review coming soon
Wendy Cosin
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick, enjoyable read. Ive never read any of Mosleys Leonid McGill series before. I dont know if he is always somewhat political, but I liked his commentary, especially his observations of what it means to be white (pages 38 & 69 for example).

I received a free ARC, prior to publication
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I had never read Walter Mosley's work before. This bestselling author is hard to miss as he has penned countless PI novels based on two different main characters: Leonid McGill, a former boxer who is known in the parlance as a fixer, and Easy Rawlins, neither of whom play by the rules. Well, it wouldnt be a good read if they did, now would it?

In TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO, Leonid is called upon by a 94-year-old African American blues guitarist, Phillip Catfish Worry, who instructs him to deliver a
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Im Walter Mosleys #1 fan but this book was just ok. Off the top I didnt like that it was a short book. So I already felt some type of way going in. I loved catching up with usual suspects and meeting new ones. This story overall was good but it left me wanting more. I wasnt on the edge of my seat trying to read it in one day excited about this book. Maybe next book will do it for me because I love Leonard McGill. ...more
Peter P. Bernard
This is Denzel Washington next film but its going to take a very talented screen writer to transfer to the screen and leaving the novel intact.

Because I was reading it on Kindle, it was easy to backtrack and keep all the characters in place.
I read the book in a single setting and was sad that the story ended.

Unlike E.Z,. Leonid, is a modern, high-tech street thug who fits in easily with the urban style of a fashionable and hip New York and whose skills are better than his advisories.

The best
Colette Kern
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And Great Writing is what he does

So glad that this bright novel dropped in my Kindle, bringing that wonderfully familiar Mosely tone with a new, woke story. I found myself marveling at a sentence or a metaphor, chuckling at a surprising sentence or two. Systemic racism and the questions of the day are deftly handled. My only complaint is that the story ended.
Edd Simmons
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
To paraphrase the great sugar rat Robinson, I said trouble is what I do!
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was kind of a tiny little book but it was standard Mosley goodness.
William Padula
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Moseleys best...

Leonid McGill is a character of depth and great insight. Mr Moseley is a wonderful storyteller and his words impart more than the story hes telling.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I like the Leonid McGill series, but this was one of my less favorites. I hope the next installment will be alot more mystery. This one was too predictable.
Daniel Shindler
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is truly rounding into top form.

Walter Mosley has created another memorable character in Leonid McGill. For me, he is a combination of Easy Rawlins and Socrates Fortlow and much more. The story in Mosleys works are incidental to the characters he creates and his descriptive settings. The plot is always fast paced, though. Enjoy the ride! Daniel S
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another foray into the noir world of Walter Mosley and his New York P.I. Leonid McGill.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Walter Mosley's story I read and won't surely be the last.
I loved the lyrical style of writing, the well thought cast of characters and the atmosphere of this noir.
Mr Mosley is a great storyteller and the plot flows engrossing you in this great story.
I look forward to reading other books with these characters.
Strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this arc, all opinions are mine
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its short, but all of the usual intelligence and apt storytelling you expect. Read it in one sitting, and a twist near the end set us up, I believe, for a reckoning in a later book. Maybe another tome by next year? One can dream. ...more
The Literary Apothecary
Writing as smooth as the 147-year old corn liquor Leonid savored, Trouble is What I Do met me with lyrical, witty prose. Pour yourself a couple fingers of your favorite cognac and follow Leonid on his latest caper. Read my full review on my blog.

Mile High KINK
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Type of Trouble

Im new to Walter Mosleys mysteries. So, let me explain how this smooth, polished black man in a fedora caught my eye. If the gorgeous cover wasnt enough, toss in an attention-grabbing title, you can only say INSTAGRAM MADE ME DO IT.
The latest installment in the New York City P.I., Leonid McGill is utterly absorbing. Hes a middle-aged ex-boxer and former career criminal. He is the kind of guy you must keep an eye out for. As describe by one of the many colorful characters:

Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great little Mosley novel. It served two purposes for me.

The first was to continue the voyeurism into the lives of the McGill clan, sort of like a soap opera of a loving half-dysfunctional family of people who live just below the line of the law. The second was as one of Mosley's treatises of his winding philosophies.

While Mosley always includes his philosophies in his writings, some of his books function more as a storytelling vehicle and others as more of a philosophical theory in
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've heard many reviewers refer to this book as a novel, but it is no such thing. At approx. 36K words, it's a novella. Personally, I think the novella is the perfect format for a great mystery or detective story. And this book did not disappoint. The protagonist, Leonid McGill, was strong and engaging, the supporting characters were well developed, and the underlying study of relationships between people/cultures throughout the story added a deeper level to the narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed ...more
Carey Calvert
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Little more than a chapbook, Walter Mosley's latest still scintillates. Trouble is What I Do, number 6 in the Leonid McGill series, possesses exactly what you'd expect from the morally ambiguous New York City based private eye: witty dialogue, candid observations and themes both political and timely.

All Leonid has to do is deliver a letter but even within 166 pages, it can never be that easy. What endears the reader to Mosley is his effectiveness at blending blues, noir, language and description
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I believe this is my first encounter with NY-based Leonid McGill, who is intriguingly complex and scarily capable in the dark arts of mystery/thriller antiheroes. He also has some appealing, if also hard-boiled, younger associates. He is similar in many ways to Easy Rawlins, Mosley's LA-based character. There's the deceptively mild persona coupled with a reputation for competence in hard situations, strong connections in the mean streets, the desire to do justice not necessarily as defined by ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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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 ...more

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