A Red Death

A Red Death

An Easy Rawlins Mystery

Book - 2002
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It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2002.
ISBN: 9780743451765
0743451767
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mosley, Walter Silver lining.

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Sep 29, 2016

"I found that if you could savor the booze, I mean if you took longer to drink it, then the intoxication was more pleasurable. And I liked drinking alone when I wanted to be drunk. No loud stories or laughing; all I wanted was oblivion."
Solid entry in Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins series. Mosley continues the fertile tradition of L.A. noir that's associated with Chandler and Ross Macdonald, but adds the element of race, which gives it a unique quality. Like all of his novels, race is an ever-present factor, but this also references the Red Scare (Hence the title).

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