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Mosley, Walter

Works: 496 works in 2,588 publications in 9 languages and 131,624 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Domestic fiction  Noir fiction  Frame stories  Drama  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Actor, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Scenarist, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction
Classifications: PN1997, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Walter Mosley
Cinnamon kiss by Walter Mosley( Book )

39 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 3,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1968, facing unprecedented financial troubles when his daughter requires a medical treatment, L.A. private investigator Easy Rawlins takes a job in San Francisco tracking down a wealthy missing attorney, Axel Bowers, and his legal assistant/lover, Cinnamon Cargill. But the assignment proves more complicated than anticipated
Devil in a blue dress by Walter Mosley( Book )

104 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 3,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private detective Easy Rawlins looks for a gangster's girlfriend in 1940s L.A
Bad Boy Brawly Brown by Walter Mosley( Book )

46 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 3,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trying to locate a family friend who has become involved with a radical resistance group, Easy Rawlins stumbles onto a murder scene, only to be named a suspect
Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley( Book )

43 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just after devastating riots tear through Los Angeles in 1965- when anger is high and fear still smolders everywhere-the police turn up at Easy Rawlins doorstep
A little yellow dog : an Easy Rawlins mystery by Walter Mosley( Book )

52 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 3,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Easy Rawlins, working as a school janitor in Los Angeles, is seduced by a teacher into taking her dog, which her husband is threatening to kill. When the husband is murdered, Rawlins becomes the prime suspect and must clear his name. By the author of Black Betty
Blonde faith by Walter Mosley( Book )

32 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Easy Rawlins comes home from work and finds more trouble on his doorstep in a day than most men encounter in a lifetime. A friend has left his daughter at Easy's house without so much as a note. Clearly this friend, Christmas Black, fears for his life and his daughter's. Easy's closest friend, the man known as Mouse, has disappeared too. Worst of all, Easy's lontgime lover tells him that she plans to marry another man. In a world of hurt, Easy strikes out on his own to try to find one friend, save another, and save himself from the pain that is driving him out of his mind
The long fall by Walter Mosley( Book )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leonid McGill, a black New York City private detective, tries to put his past life behind him, to go "from crooked to slightly bent." But it's not that easy when someone like Tony "The Suit" Towers expects you to do a job; when an Albany PI hires you to track down four men known only by their youthful street names; and when your 16-year-old son, Twill, is getting in over his head with a suicidal girl
The man in my basement : a novel by Walter Mosley( Book )

31 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To save the home that has belonged to his family for generations, Charles Blakey, a young black man whose life is slowly crumbling around him, agrees to rent out his basement for the summer to a mysterious stranger
Black Betty by Walter Mosley( Book )

57 editions published between 1994 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 2,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LA's black investigator Easy Rawlins, financially in the hole, must accept $2,000 from the oily white private eye Saul Lynx to track down one Elizabeth Eady, aka Black Betty. From her native Houston to her position as a housekeeper for a wealthy Beverly Hills family Betty's beauty and sensuality have left a trail of chaos. By the author of White Butterfly
Fear itself : a novel by Walter Mosley( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 2,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knowing a missing man to be innocent of the murder charge levied against him, Paris Minton hires former sheriff Jefferson Hill to investigate, but when the sheriff goes missing as well, Minton enlists Fearless Jones for the case. Set in 1950s Los Angeles
Fearless Jones : a novel by Walter Mosley( Book )

33 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1950s Los Angeles, used-book store owner Paris Minton is in so much trouble one day after meeting the mysterious Elana Love that he has to get his friend, Fearless Jones, a World War II army veteran, out of jail to help
Little Green : an Easy Rawlins mystery by Walter Mosley( Book )

27 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surviving a near-fatal car wreck and cruising the streets of the Sunset Strip during the heyday of the late 1960s, Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of Evander "Little Green" Noon, a young African-American, in a case that is complicated by Rawlins's changing perspectives
Fear of the dark : a novel by Walter Mosley( Book )

31 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 2,497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'I'm in trouble, Paris.' Paris Minton has heard these words before. They mean only one thing: that his neck is on the line too. So when they are uttered by his low-life cousin Ulysses S. Grant, Paris keeps the door firmly closed. With family like Ulysses - "Useless" to everyone except his mother - who needs enemies? But trouble always finds an open window, and when Useless's mother, Three Hearts, shows up from Louisiana to look for her son, Paris has no choice but to track down his wayward cousin. Finding a con artist like Useless is easier said than done. But with the aid of his ear-to-the-ground friend Fearless Jones, Paris gets a hint that Useless may have expanded his range of enterprise to include blackmail. Now he has disappeared, and Paris's mission is to discover whether he is hiding from his vengeful victims - or already dead. Traversing the complicated landscape of 1950s Los Angeles, where a wrong look can get a black man killed, Paris and Fearless find desperate women, secret lives, and more than one dead body along the way."--Jacket
The last days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley( Book )

27 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 2,485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia and living as a recluse in his Los Angeles apartment. Then Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that restores his mind, and he uses his last days--shortened now by the medical experiment--to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie
Fortunate son by Walter Mosley( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tommy's nickname is Lucky, but no one would think this crippled boy was blessed. Cursed with health problems and drawn into trouble more often than not, Tommy is the recipient of pity rather than admiration. He is nothing like his stepbrother, Eric. Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune -- he is charming, a star athlete, and a magnet for anyone in his sphere. Yet in spite of these differences, Eric and Tommy are as close as two humans can be. After tragedy rips their makeshift family apart, the lives of these boys split. In a powerful story of modern-day resilience and redemption, Tommy and Eric forge their separate ways in the world, each confronting his own challenges. For Tommy this means dropping out of school, selling drugs, living on the streets, and somehow creating a family of his own. Motherless, African-American, and impoverished, Tommy has nothing but feels lucky every day of his life. For Eric, the golden youth, life means athletics, sexual attraction, excellent grades, prosperity, and the uncertainty that comes with prizes won too easily. Given everything, he trusts nothing. Eric and Tommy's parallel lives are a story of self-determination and the true measure of fortune. The ties that bind this Adonis and his sickly counterpart, however, are thicker than blood, and when circumstances reunite Eric and Tommy after years apart, their distinct approaches to life may be the only thing that can save them from forces that threaten to destroy them." --
Walkin' the dog by Walter Mosley( Book )

35 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 2,481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Socrates Fortlow, a former black convict in Watts, tries to go straight, holding a steady job, helping the town's youth and philosophizing with friends. But when a policeman starts raping and killing blacks, Socrates turns vigilante
Always outnumbered, always outgunned by Walter Mosley( Book )

29 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 2,465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black murderer in Los Angeles tries to adjust to normal life after 27 years in prison. Socrates Fortlow struggles with his conscience, tries to make amends, and grades himself at the end of the day. But he realizes he is a loser--once a convict, always a convict
Gone fishin' : an Easy Rawlins novel by Walter Mosley( Book )

52 editions published between 1977 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel exploring the early years of Easy Rawlins and Raymond "Mouse" Alexander, protagonists in a current black PI series. The setting is Texas, the time is 1939, and the two embark on a car ride which will engulf them in the bayou world of voodoo, sex and murder
The right mistake : the further philosophical investigations of Socrates Fortlow by Walter Mosley( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living in south central L.A., Socrates Fortlow is a sixty-year-old ex-convict still strong enough to kill men with his bare hands. Filled with profound guilt about his own crimes and disheartened by the chaos of the streets, Socrates calls together local people of all races and social stations and begins to conduct a Thinkers' Club, where all can discuss life's unanswerable questions. Infiltrated by undercover cops and threatened by strain from within, the Thinkers' Club doesn't have it easy. But simply by debating racial authenticity, street justice, and the possibility of mutual understandin
Rose Gold : an Easy Rawlins mystery by Walter Mosley( Book )

28 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 2,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a boxer-turned-revolutionary kidnaps the daughter of a weapons manufacturer and threatens to publicly execute her in exchange for a lucrative ransom, Easy Rawlins is tapped by the LAPD to make a difficult border crossing to navigate an ensuing standoff
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The right mistake : the further philosophical investigations of Socrates Fortlow
Devil in a blue dressBad Boy Brawly BrownLittle ScarletA little yellow dog : an Easy Rawlins mysteryBlonde faithThe long fallThe man in my basement : a novelBlack Betty
Alternative Names
Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley Amerikaans auteur

Walter Mosley écrivain américain

Walter Mosley escritor estadounidense

Walter Mosley scrittore statunitense

Walter Mosley US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Walter Mosley yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija

Уолтер Мосли

Уолтър Мосли

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