Fear of the Dark
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 ...more
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 ...more
What I loved especially were the female characters, who were all ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
I was ...more
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 ...more
Now that I've said what I didn't get, this is what I did get from ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more