Charcoal Joe

Charcoal Joe

An Easy Rawlins Mystery

eBook - 2016
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Walter Mosley's indelible detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve.

Picking up where his last adventures in Rose Gold left off in L.A. in the late 1960s, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins finds his life in transition. He's ready--finally--to propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. And he's taken the money he got from the Rose Gold case and, together with two partners, Saul Lynx and Tinsford "Whisper" Natly, has started a new detective agency. But, inevitably, a case gets in the way: Easy's friend Mouse introduces him to Rufus Tyler, a very old man everyone calls Charcoal Joe. Joe's friend's son, Seymour (young, bright, top of his class in physics at Stanford), has been arrested and charged with the murder of a white man from Redondo Beach. Joe tells Easy he will pay and pay well to see this young man exonerated, but seeing as how Seymour literally was found standing over the man's dead body at his cabin home, and considering the racially charged motives seemingly behind the murder, that might prove to be a tall order.
Between his new company, a heart that should be broken but is not, a whole raft of new bad guys on his tail, and a bad odor that surrounds Charcoal Joe, Easy has his hands full, his horizons askew, and his life in shambles around his feet.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday, 2016
ISBN: 9780385539210
Characteristics: 1 online resource (305 pages)


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Oct 02, 2018

"Charcoal Joe" by Walter Mosley an instant classic, featuring Easy Rawlings, the detective character, who investigates the murder of a gangster in order to protect an innocent Physics genius who stands accused of the crime. Easy Rawlings is hired by the powerful gangster convict Charcoal Joe, who learns about his detective skills from Easy's old friend, Mouse. The multiplicty of twists, and turns keeps the story's plot interesting. The unique characters represent a across section of the populous of Los Angeles City. I could not put it down..

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Aug 01, 2017

Painful! I had to read a book by an author of color and chose this one! Didn't like the actions of the main character and found it too confusing because there were so many characters in the book.

Dec 05, 2016

The latest (2016) in Walter Mosley's long-running Easy Rawlins detective series. This book is set in late 1960s L.A.


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