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Fear of the Dark

(Fearless Jones #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,218 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Fearless Jones and Paris Minton, stars of the bestsellers Fearless Jones and Fear Itself, return in a high-velocity, larger-than-life thriller about family, betrayal, and revenge."I'm in trouble, Paris."Paris Minton has heard these words before. They mean only one thing: that his neck is on the line too. So when they are uttered by his lowlife cousin Ulysses S. Grant, ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Little Brown and Company
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If anyone out there has anything against Walter Mosley, you might want to un-follow me for a couple weeks. I’m on a Mosley bender these days, and I ain’t apologizing for it—mostly because Walter Mosley’s books are literary crack. But if you’re one of the cool kids, you know that already. I’m currently listening to his very first novel, Devil in a Blue Dress, and I plan to raid the local library for everything Mosley at the first opportunity. Right now, however, I’m all about another Mosley ...more
Jason Koivu
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
A black man seeking answers in Watts/LA in the '50s. It's what Walter Mosley does quite well. I'd read his books any day, all day.

I prefer his Easy Rawlins series over the Fearless Jones one though. Fearless is actually a side character. In the Jones series, a frightened weakling of a bookstore owner named Paris Minton is the "hero". It's hard to like Paris. He's always running away or trying to weasel his way out of things. It's not an appealing trait. Eventually, and inevitably, he does make a
Yigal Zur
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
i just loved it. i loved the language, the characters, the easy way Mosley build the plot. and most i enjoyed the main character Paris who is a real underdog and antihero in so clever way: funny, sensitive. and there is love of humanity even lust for humanity which is so rare. it is the first of Mosley books i read and not the last.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Fearless Jones series is really about the narrator, an average sized person who reads books. He gets scared, he loses fights, and he doesn’t always know what to do. He gets so scared that he freezes up. But he tries to do right. He memorizes Homer. These novels are interesting, with fairly solid plots, but it’s the world as seen by the narrator and the characters that make it so enjoyable. It’s a world that you see, too, but you never see what this narrator sees. There’s another, parallel ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, situational
This is the second book I have read from Walter Mosley and it won't be the last. His characters are very real (even if their names seem overdone). This book is written in first person and although most of the characters in the story are larger than life, Paris, the one telling the story, is just an ordinary (even slightly cowardly) character that finds himself in extraordinary circumstance. It's the kind of story that most people can not necessarily picture themselves in, but possible imagine ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Walter Mosley, the characters he creates are people I would love to meet, Paris Minton is no exception.

His descriptions are rich, he describes Cousin "Useless" as "a petty thief, a liar, a malingerer and just plain bad luck", don't we all know this person?

On top of that, his language is extensive, who else would say "errant eructation" rather than belching?

I'm 1/2 way through, and reading slowly, savouring this book. Paris is in a room with his friend Fearless, his aunt Three Hearts and a
Cortez III
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Walter Mosley’s Fear of the Dark follows Fear Itself main characters, Fearless Jones, and Paris Minton. As in the prior book, Paris Minton remains the point-of-view character. What I like best about this book is Minton's interior monolog. I love his insights about life, women, Fearless and his brushes with danger. In relation to a confrontation with a white man who he believes misplaces his anger, Minton opines: “There he was working with someone who had committed all kinds of crimes and all he ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I found myself mildly more interested in this episode of Paris Minton and Fearless Jones than the previous two. The entanglement of family ties, the evil eye, and the continual namecalling of cousin “Useless” was kind of funny. The plot was similar to others in the series, and the book contains interesting descriptions of the times and place – post-WWII LA. Lots of knocking on doors. And some of the action occurs off-stage and is related to the protagonists through a long story. But this felt ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this mystery set in 1956 Los Angeles. All of the characters were interesting, and I especially liked the relationship between Paris Minton and Fearless Jones. The mystery held my interest and the story was fast-paced. I will be reading more of this series.
Byron Washington
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fearless Jones...gotta love him!!!
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good crime mystery. It reminds a lot of other hard boiled crime I've read, but it's not about a middle class white (either completely honest or slightly crooked) detective, like it usually is. The narrator is a black bookshop owner who keeps on getting into trouble, doesn't think much of himself, but proves to be incrediby resourceful and clever, together with his friend Fearless. Great, interesting characters,
What I loved especially were the female characters, who were all
My favorite aspect of Walter Moseley's novels is the matter-of-factly way that they are set in a time period. The stories don't feel at all like historical dramas. It's as if, instead of 2006, Mr. Mosley's Fearless Jones books were actually penned in 1956 and shelved newly published next to Rex Stout's novels.

The atmosphere Mosley creates isn't just nostalgic. The narrative conveys a "present tense". There is a cadence in Paris Minton's speech that simply sounds like the 50's and Michael
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Love Mosley and now adding Fearless Jones series to my list of his books I'll find time for anytime. While the "good guys" always win, there's so much more that Mosley gives besides his characters wit and wisdom, that you're missing out if you don't grab a novel or two three of his. A statement I love:

"Sometimes in literature I'd come across the term 'exquisite pain.' I never understood it before. My nature being such as it is, I have always shied away from any kind of suffering. But I could
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Paris Minton and his friend, Fearless Jones, protector, and the guy who gets him into trouble, are in over their heads, and about to lose their heads, over trouble in Paris' family. Entertaining story and very real characters. Fearless is not my favorite of Mosley's characters (Socrates Fortlow has earned that distinction), bur a Mosley book is always a good read.
M.D. Perkins
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Mosley is a fun writer that is able to pour the tone and sense of 50s Los Angeles Noir in his book without feeling cheap or cheeky. The story is decent, the characters interesting and honest, but the setting and some of the insights of the narrator are what elevate this above forgettable dime fiction.
Kirk Alter
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walter Mosley writes a barn-burner of a novel! This is my first Mosley, and certainly won't be my last. I loved the setting...gritty Los Angeles. I loved the character development...the awkward, reticent bookstore owner, who happened to be a "enriched" lothario, the bail bondsman and his competent assistant. The characters were rich, the women strong...and sometimes deadly. Throw in some smoky jazz, some blackmailed cheaters, some crazy relatives, and a good mystery, and you have a winning ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Interesting setting and one I have not normally seen much of; Black culture in 1950s LA. Paris, the owner of a bookstore, nearly gets killed by his girlfriend's boyfriend and then he gets dragged into the midst of a blackmail scheme gone wrong.
Carol Dye
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all the fearless Jones series. This by far is the best one yet.

Once again Paris and Fearless takes us a great ride.
Walter Mosely is one of my all time favorite mystery writer.
Vesta Anne
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the second book I've read from this author and will definitely not be the last! Love how he tells the story and brings everything together in the end.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Paris and Fearless are an odd couple, and their escapades in 1950's LA are entertaining to say the least.
David Dyer
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paris is the man

Paris is the week one Fearless the brave one but together they are great like the series lots of twists and turns which is great
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am enamoured with Fearless Jones. There is so much to like and with Mosely's beautiful but simple writing this book is yet another great read. I will be continuing to read more.
Camille Kimbrough
Loved it!

It's got everything for the murder mystery enthusiasast. Fearless Jones is the man! One of Moseley's best characters by far.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love a good mystery; the fearless jones books series are outstanding. Please write more fearless jones books; please
Carl R.
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Walter Mosley is one of my favorite mystery writers, but I haven’t read anything of his in quite a while. It’s fun to be back in touch with this prolific creator of such colorful characters as Easy Rawlins, Fearless Jones, and Useless (Ulysses) Grant. Mosely has a seemingly effortless style that reminds of Larry McMurtry in that everything on the page looks as if it flowed out of the keyboard fully formed, like Athena from Zeus’s head. Here’s the opening sentence of Fear of the Dark:

I was
Larry Piper
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the third (and last so far?) of Mosley's Fearless Jones novels. I took up Fearless Jones this summer as a break from Easy Rawlins, whose series I had apparently finished up last summer.

I think reading three such books in a short period of time wears thin. The schtick gets old. Still, the book posed an interesting problem. The crimes involved, in part, white victims. But the black victims would get no justice were the police called in. So Paris and Fearless had to work through things on
Same characters and same sort of plot but this Fearless Jones wasn't as good as the other one. And I know part of that was because I fell in love with Don Cheadle's voice. He seemed to personify Paris and Michael Boatman just didn't do that for me. Plus it seemed as if Paris' intellect didn't come through as much as Fear Itself. In this one I also didn't get the same sense of black male power in an intellectual and cerebral way.

Now that I've said what I didn't get, this is what I did get from
Bookmarks Magazine

Although Walter Mosley is best known for his popular Easy Rawlins series, critics agree that the newer Fearless Jones books come in a close second. After all, they're close cousins, both set in Los Angeles in the 1950s and dealing with themes of racism, black culture, and social injustice. The newer series, however, written in similarly cool, witty prose, is lighter in tone. Reviewers praised Mosley's vivid, convincing characters__Fearless, of course, but also the women, including the intrepid

Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This fantastic entry in the saga of Paris Minton and Fearless Jones gets a bonus star just for giving the nickname "Useless" to its colossal screw-up antagonist Ulysses, 'cause that's awesome.

There are not enough accolades for me to praise Walter Mosley with. He elevates the hard-boiled, noir form by setting it in the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, 1950s LA for the Fearless Jones series. His vivid prose brings alive the travails of a people trying to live in a society that has thoroughly
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book there was alot of death, no sex and plenty of booze. Not much different from the Easy Rawlins series. I think I like Easy better.. Fearless Jones is supposed to be the main character but this book was told from the perspective of his friend Paris Minton.
The story is simply, Paris' cousin Useless comes to his house but Paris won't let him in because the last time he did the police showed up and a whole lot of trouble. And then Ulysses (called Useless by everybody but his
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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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