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Bad Boy Brawly Brown

(Easy Rawlins #7)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,334 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Set in 1964, Easy is on a mission to lure Brawley Brown back to his mother. But not only is Brawley bad, he's big and not so easily swayed, especially since joining the Urban Revolutionary Party, a political group wary of strangers. Add to that a cache of stolen guns, secret government investigators, a payroll heist, several murders, problems with his son, and everybody ly ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 1st 2001)
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Michael P.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walter Mosley is doing something very interesting. Under the guise of writing a series of private eye novels (they really are not) he is chronicling what African-American life was like in important times in America’s recent past. This book examines a group somewhat like the Black Panthers and their deeds and misdeeds. The Easy Rawlins character is an outsider to the group with a deep understanding of African-American culture and the dominant culture that wants to keep Rawlins and those who look ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
SETTING: LA - 1964
SERIES: #7 of 12
RATING: 3.75
WHY: Easy Rawlins has settled down, living with a woman he loves and the 2 children, Feather and Jesus, that he has raised. He has a responsible job managing the custodial team at a large school. But he can't say no when a friend's wife asks him to look out for her son, Brawly, who has become involved in a black community movement. Not everyone involved in the cause has noble aims, and there are several murders as a result. E
Zen Cho
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Walter Mosley, you write supah poetic heartbreaking stories and you are sharp and illuminating on race; why you gotta be so relatively gender-faily? I know you are writing noir and all, but still. I think it would help if your narrator -- in fact, every one of your narrators that I've encountered so far -- was not always judging every woman they meet in terms of how sexually attractive they are. Just give this a go, right -- maybe, when your narrators meet a female character or two, they could f ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mouse is dead ??!? and Easy misses him terribly, Although he adores his kids he is in a slump. Then his friend John asks for a favor.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy, going about his normal life, still trying to get over the death of his best friend Mouse when a friend of his calls and asks for a favor. This is the moment when Easy should have taken a hard pass on the favor, but being who he is, doing something for someone else perked him up a bit. Now still grieving the loss of his friend, Easy is asked to find Brawly Brown. His mama is looking for him, but he doesn't seem to want to be found. Easy has heard that he has started running with this local ...more
Nadine Jones
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I drove my new used Pontiac with all the windows down and a Chesterfield cigarette between my lips. Somewhere, way in the back of my mind, there was an alarm going off. It was like the uneasy feeling after a nightmare that you can’t remember. The worry had no picture, so it was more like a suspicion than fear. At the same time I was happy to be driving toward someone else’s troubles. The sensation of delight on top of anxiety made me smile. It was a grin that represented a whole lifeti
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
(3.5) Another quality addition to the Easy Rawlins series. It has a little too much going on plot-wise for such a short book but is still a good mystery read. For all the love that Chandler and his imitators get, I still think Walter Mosley does the best job at portraying Los Angeles of anyone who writes LA-based crime novels.
This is my 6th W. Mosley read and it was just alright. This was another tale of Easy helping a friend by tracking down the friend's girlfriend's troubled son who seem to have joined a radical group.

Easy is on the hunt, side-swiping liars and a killer(s) and trying to understand what is going on with his own son Jesus, who wants to drop out of school. Easy is also sad and having horrible nightmares about his best friend, Mouse who is missing and presumed dead....consuming Easy with guilt and rem
Laura Hoffman Brauman
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favorite one in the series so far -- there was a little more substance to this one. Still love the cast of characters in Rawlins friends and family.
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
OK, initial disclaimer; I'm a 63 year old White dude. Several years ago I saw the movie, "Devil in a Blue Dress," with Denzel Washington, a sort of mystery with a background of race relations and the Black experience during the late 40's I believe, with the character of Easy Rawlins introduced. GREAT, I heartily recommend it! Plan to read the book too. Since then I have read alother of Mr. Mosley's, "The Man in My Basement," a weird, more contemporary look at white guilt, but I digress. "Bad Boy ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
First of all, Easy thinks things through. He never goes with the program unless it's strategic to do so. Right and wrong take a backseat to protecting himself and his loved ones. Only the love of children is pure and trustworthy. Along with some luck Easy ends up helping people in spite of himself. Not bad for a man running every day from personal demons. Each book in the series adds depth to the characters in subtle ways as age and changing times buff the edges and scratches from Easy's heart. ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Mosley wrote "Devil in a Blue Dress", the first of the Easy Rawlins series. This one is set later, in 1960s LA, but our hero is still helping friends and fighting racism. Here he is looking for Brawley Brown, step son of an old friend, who seems to have fallen in with Black revolutionaries, but it is more complicated than that. The dialog is fast and crisp and it is a fun and diverting read.
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Solid novel though not quite as good as some of his others . . . Mosley is good at conveying everyday life in the Black community in the 1950s and 1960s. People turn to his main character Easy Rawlins when they need someone to discreetly solve a mystery or problem and don't want to go through "normal" channels.
John Devlin
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Walter Mosley's character EZ Rawlins is the flipside of all those LA crime noir books that paint the ambivalence and ambiguity through the lens of a white man. EZ has been solving crimes and mysteries since the late forties. Now its the 60's and black radicals are becoming active. EZ must navigate this new strident nationalism while attempting to find the truth in a series of brutal murders.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the best of the Easy Rawlins books. I love the way Easy decides to start telling the truth for a change and no one believes him.
Thomas Blanks
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Bad Boy Brawly Brown is another Easy Rawlins private detective novel set in the 1960s. Hired to locate a friend's stepson, whose mother thinks has fallen in with dangerous Black revolutionaries, Easy makes the rounds, digging into business people would rather he left alone. Of course, some of the Black rebel group wants to knock off a payroll, unbeknownst to the rest of the group. Murder ensues. I was confused by the ending, which seemed rushed. The stepson that
Dan K
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Settled into a happy home life but still haunted by the death of his friend Mouse, Easy Rawlins is once again clawed back into his old sleuthing to help out a friend's son. The tale brings in a new era in LA with references to Vietnam and a semi-convincing black nationalist movement. Unfortunately for the reader, a lot of the characters--and all of the character development--are half-hearted and unconvincing. There were a few good turns of phrase in the book but ultimately the main element is a ...more
James Fant
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Storyteller's Storyteller

Another one down. I'm on a journey through all the Easy Rawlins novels and as I read BRAWLY BROWN, I said I might need to take a break. But then I got to the end of the novel and remembered why I started this journey in the first place. Mosley is a storyteller's storyteller and his endings always make sense. His narratives are exciting without going overboard. Also, I've gotta find out what really happened to Mouse. So I'm off to SIX EASY PIECES.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This was not one of the best Walter Mosley books but it was written in the same vein as many of his other Easy Rawlins stories. The middle portion of the book starts to drag and the loose ends are sloppily tied in the end. However, it is a comfortable milieu for Easy (and likely Mosley) in which the story unfolds. Mouse is definitely missed.
Ron Collins
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a compelling read. Didn't excite me. At no time did I become deeply interested in the story nor was I ever engrossed where I anxiously waited for the next page. I found the pace slooow. I like Mosley's writing style but overall this novel didn't do it for me.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Instructive, often lyrical, and entertaining. The story itself wasn't so important to me - I often got lost in the twists and turns.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like most of Mosley's work, it's crime fiction that reverberates with truth. However, a semi-climactic ending left me feeling like it went out with a tap instead of a wallop.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Another good edition to the Easy Rawlins series. This one was the most straight forward detective story since maybe the first of the series.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Yes, I'm cheating on my more lofty/difficult reads with Easy Rawlins. They are formulaic, repetitive but always a good time.
David Arch
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Eaaaaaaaaaasssssy does it again
David Dyer
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always good

The skills of Easy Rawlins breaking down the mystery is pretty cool. You never know which way it will end up
Larry Piper
I read Walter Moseley to help me better understand issues related to race. His prime character, Easy Rawlins, has lots to say about race, and how he must go about doing things to avoid “race issues”, especially when it comes to dealing with the cops.

I first came upon Easy Rawlins quite a number of years ago on vacation. So, I’ve continued to read him on vacation, when I have more time to concentrate, ruminate, and finish a book. This latter issue is important to me because I was told back in th
Taniella Jo
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerfully descriptive. I felt the scenes I read with real heart palpitations.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't bad, but the ending was rushed and cut off.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it despite the gratuitous descriptions of hot women's bodies. Almost every woman has to be fuckable and youthful with breasts that defy gravity.
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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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