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Cinnamon Kiss

(Easy Rawlins #10)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,567 ratings  ·  183 reviews
It is the Summer of Love and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armored car. It's farther outside the law than Easy has ever traveled, but his daughter, Feather, needs a medical treatment that costs far more than Easy can earn or borrow in time. And his friend Mouse tells him it's a cinch. Then another friend, Saul Lynx, offers a job that might solve Easy's problem w ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 19th 2005 by Little, Brown and Company
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Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: who-done-it
An angrier than usual Easy Rawlins, in order to raise quick cash for his daughter’s medical treatment in Switzerland, agrees to work for a private-eye based in San Francisco. This is the mid-1960’s so enter -> Hippies.

He also chases down the titular flavored character who has connections to Haight-Ashbury and helps the reader think of that Neil Young song that has the word “cinnamon” in the title about every half page or so.

As in every decent Easy Rawlins book, the strength of the story rests
Jason Koivu
When I feel like a west coast version of Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series, I turn to Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins series, and so far I haven't been let down.

Scudder is a white, middle-aged New Yorker, who's been through some shit.

Rawlins is a black, middle-aged Los Angeleno, who's been through some shit.

The narration of both relates a world-weary, experience-wise character with a plethora of baggage that keeps him simultaneously on edge as well as away from the edge, for who will care for
William Thomas
I think that one of the problems with most of Moseley's work is that it focuses far too much time and energy explaining to the reader the racial tensions between whites and blacks in the 1960's. It isn't off-hand and it isn't shown through dialogue or action, but narrated in the first person and blatantly spelled out on the soapbox. There's a way to work these observations into the narrative without taking detours, but he hasn't mastered that art. Not in this book, at least. Maybe that's because ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I'd never heard of Walter Mosley til I discovered an entire SHELF of his books in a home that otherwise had no fiction collection. Figured I ought to at least find out who this person was who warranted such devotion!

The story was interesting, very noir - but I enjoyed the look through the character's eyes, black as they are, and in that specific time in history. It's worth a read if just to be reminded that it really was like that once (not so long ago), and it probably still IS like that in so
Ty Jones
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed listening to this book. I truly forgot how good his "Easy" Rawlings mysteries are; so much to enjoy. You almost feel like you are that "fly on the wall" listening and watching ..just absorbing everything.
I definitely will need to go back and read his very 1st in the series... "Devil In a Blue Dress"!
Oct 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably a 1.5 stars, actually…

Mosley can write, and I have been intending to pick up one of his Easy Rawlins books for ages… and being in LA this past weekend, with the need to purchase something from the local independent bookstore, I settled on this…

Alas, reading most of it on the plane ride back, and finishing the next night, I have to say while he is a very talented writer of the hard-boiled story, and captures vantages and insights, I was somewhat bothered by the, hmmm, overwhelming male p
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
2017 Reading Challenge - A book with a eccentric character

I always enjoy an Easy Rawlins mystery. This one is not an exception to that. This mystery takes Easy Rawlins to San Francisco, where an eccentric detective hires him to find a missing woman known as Cinnamon Cargill who is associated with the detectives main interest, Axel Bowers. This case comes to Easy Rawlins at a time in his life where he is almost willing to take any job if it ensure he gets a large pay day. His daughter, Feather, i
Deliah Lawrence
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome ride! I’ve been an avid fan of Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series ever since Devil in a Blue Dress. Hands down, Walter Mosley sure knows how to write a crime fiction novel that leaves you wanting more and more. This time, Easy is in dire need of cash and fast. After deciding against robbing an armored car, he gets a job solving a case involving an eccentric, prominent attorney and tracking down the beautiful ‘Cinnamon’ Cargill, who may hold the key to some unanswered questions. The case ...more
Ally Scott
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Walter Mosley paints a magnificently vivid picture of Los Angeles “back in the day” in "Cinnamon Kiss." He can capture aspects of African American culture that is so spot on that I laugh out loud while reading (oh should I have written lol? Does that show my age?). That being said I do not like his books and did not like “Cinnamon Kiss.” I hate being able to predict the end of a suspense novel, and I did not predict this one. However, what I hate more than guessing the twists of a plot is not ca ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Walter mosley doesn't disappoint.
Jim Davis
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 10th Easy Rawlins story. After I saw the movie "Devil with a Blue Dress" I decided to read the book. I was hooked and started reading them in order. It is now 1966 and Mosley brings in some familiar characters but manages to use the feel of LA after the Watts riots and Easy's first contact with the SF hippie culture to give you a great feel for the time period. I will probably read some other stuff over the next couple of months and then I will be ready for #11 - Blonde Faith.
Jeanne Andersen
Most interesting aspect of story was race relations in LA in the 1960's.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreams have always featured heavily in Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series. But this one in particular had a lot of dream sequences and descriptions of dreams. It kind of wore on me after awhile; I felt like Mosley was trying to stuff extra scenes to raise his page count since the plot was so thin. I don’t know what it’s like dealing with publishers but note to writers: if you can get away with a good story in 190 or 220 pages, it’s cool. I don’t need padding just to get to 300.

But while I didn’
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After dealing with the fallout from an external crisis--the LA riots--in the last books, Easy Rawlins must now face another more personal catastrophe: his adopted daughter Feather is extremely ill. The only way to save her may be to send her to an extremely expensive clinic abroad, and Easy is willing to do anything--up to and including murder--to get her the treatment she needs. Desperately searching for a case, he is faced with two alternatives: one, to accept a case from a po
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is my first novel by Walter Mosley and it is the tenth book in his Easy Rawlins series. This was quite colorful. I liked the writing. He was great at giving detailed snippets of the characters and specific circumstances. I liked the MC. He was easy to like. But I will say, that his persona was a bit of a male fantasy. He always wins, he gets all the girls who are so good looking, he gets what he wants, he finds all the clues, has all the answers, yada, yada, yada. That was a little much, bu ...more
Linda Rowland
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, my! If this is not one of his best then I certainly must go back and start reading his other books. This is my first Mosley but will not be my last. I could have shaved a bit off five stars with all the hot women wanting him but that did not seem too unusual. I sort of skim over those things.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I've read a few Mosley mysteries and I liked the stories in general. This one felt a lot more preach-y than the others. Easy thinks about how bad society is many, many times throughout this one, leaving it feeling like a lecture interrupted with a mystery story. The story itself felt a bit far-fetched, but still an enjoyable ride.
This time Easy takes a case from a man he does not trust because he needs money to pay for his daughter's medical bills. As usual he gets in over his head. This book doesn't have as much social commentary as some of the other Rawlins books, but Easy does go to San Francisco and hangs out with hippies. (This book takes place in '67) That is pretty fun.
Well plotted mystery that brings late 1960's California to life This is the first book on tape I have ever tried. The narrator, Michael Boatman had a range of subtle voices and accents to render and he nailed them all perfectly.
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cali-series
I enjoyed the insight Easy has to situations and relationships, esp the familial
Derek Rutherford
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Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
There is a lot wrong with this book. What seems to be the premise, Easy being forced to do an armored car robbery with Mouse to save his daughter, is promising, but gets abandoned early. A little farther in the story seems to be Easy among the hippies, which could be interesting too. But, no, that's also a false start. Finally Mosley settles into a very typical, deeply confusing LA noir type plot. Blah. Add to that, FIVE female characters who are hopeless against their need to love / screw our h ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Walter Mosley/E.Z. Rawlins book, and it delivered as promised. Mosley combines a good mystery with outstanding exploration of time and place, and strongly drawn characters. Cinnamon Kiss is set just before Little Green, the first book I read. E.Z.'s little girl, Feather, is very sick, and needs to get specialized treatment in Switzerland, and he has to come up with the money to pay for it. He takes on a job from another PI, Robert E. Lee, to find a missing man. There is a lot o ...more
Matt Glaviano

-- Easy's interaction with the hippie 60s was a great commentary and exactly what I look for in this series.
-- Similar to that -- Mouse's comments to Jackson Blue were equally fascinating.
-- Maybe one of my favorite mysteries of the series. I mean, like, the whodunnit part kept my attention.
-- The ending felt rushed, like Mosley was trying to fit to a page limit. I wished that it could've breathed a little more. For all the tension of the Feather situation, it sure resolved quick.
-- Christmas
Malcolm Frawley
Easy Rawlins has now arrived in the mid-60s in this, his 10th outing. Mosley takes up Raymond Chandler's banner in his private detective stories set in Los Angeles. Easy, like Philip Marlowe, also seems to end up more often on the wrong end of a gun or a fist. Mosley adds texture to his crime novels by embroidering the social fabric with racial overtones as Easy, a black man, attempts to go about his work & life in a culture ruled by whites. If you've seen BlackKklansmen, or paid attention to an ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Easy Rawlins book. Easy experiences 1960's Berkeley and Haight Ashbury when another PI hires him to find the missing Cinnamon. It becomes apparent that the PI is really looking for Cinnamon's missing boyfriend who has something valuable. When Easy finds the boyfriend dead and learns too much about the valuable object, he becomes everyone's target. Easy's usual companions (Mouse, family, and other friends) are part of the story, of course.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vibrant, distinctive characters created in a minimalist style engaging in high stake/risk behavior within a racist context. Rawlins, in this tale, reads exactly like Leonid McGill but that doesn't matter. The sex is palpable, intense, volcanic, smoldering, mesmerizing. I couldn't put this book down.
Easy and Mouse at it again, looking for a missing couple, bonds, a letter, family secrets while deciding rather or not to rob an armored truck to save Easy's sick child Feather and becoming more clear about Easy's girlfriend, who is in love, lust or like with another man...WHEW!
Lisbeth Solberg
Easy's a good character, with Mouse as his foil, and the dialogue is interesting. Many dead bodies and a few random sex scenes. Hippie era: usually hard to capture, but Mosley manages, and California settings were a plus for me.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Classic!!!

Another thriller novel by one of my favorite Author Walter Mosley. As usual there were many twist and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat while trying to figure out who's behind all the murders and mischief. I was very pleased with how it concluded!
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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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