All I Did Was Shoot My Man (Leonid McGill Series #4)
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All I Did Was Shoot My Man (Leonid McGill Series #4)

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by Walter Mosley
     
 

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Zella Grisham never denied shooting her boyfriend. That’s not why she did eight years of hard time on a sixteen-year sentence. It’s that the shooting inadvertently led to charges of grand theft. Talk about bad luck.

Leonid McGill has reasons to believe she’s innocent. But reopening the case is only serving to unsettle McGill’s private

Overview

Zella Grisham never denied shooting her boyfriend. That’s not why she did eight years of hard time on a sixteen-year sentence. It’s that the shooting inadvertently led to charges of grand theft. Talk about bad luck.

Leonid McGill has reasons to believe she’s innocent. But reopening the case is only serving to unsettle McGill’s private life even further—and expose a family secret that’s like a kick to the gut.

As the case unfolds, as the truth of what happened eight years ago becomes more damning and more complex than anyone dreamed, McGill and Zella realize that everyone is guilty of something, and that sometimes the sins of the past can be too damaging to ever forget. Or ever forgive.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
A big city never looks the same once you've walked its streets with a hard-boiled private eye. Preferably someone as perceptive and thoughtful as Leonid McGill, the shady but honorable bruiser-for-hire in an addictive series of New York crime novels by Walter Mosley. A former mob fixer who has gone straight, McGill doesn't so much walk the city as case it for danger. Keeping pace with him is as much an education as an adventure.
The Washington Post - Yvonne Zipp
Mosley…is in fine form in his fourth McGill mystery, a complicated tale of atonement and family.
Publishers Weekly
In Mosley’s fourth Leonid McGill mystery (after 2011’s When the Thrill Is Gone), the best in the series to date, the New York City PI tries to atone for a misdeed from his checkered past. Eight years earlier, McGill helped frame Zella Grisham for a part in the biggest Wall Street robbery in history— million stolen from Rutgers Assurance Corp. Zella was guilty of shooting her man, Harry Tangelo, when she found him in bed with her best friend, Minnie Lesser, but the eight years she served were due to the frame, not the shooting. McGill manages to get Zella released, setting in motion a chain of deadly events. Meanwhile, his difficult family life reaches full boil with each of his three adult children, Twill, Dimitri, and Shelly, as well as with his hard-drinking wife, Katrina. Unraveling the truth behind the robbery and the unrecovered millions tests McGill’s skills to the utmost in this complex, satisfying entry. (Jan.)
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Praise for All I Did Was Shoot My Man

“The best [McGill] book yet.”—The Boston Globe

“Like the city he works in, and the Mosley books he inhabits, Leonid McGill is complicated, savvy and full of surprises: a would-be champ who can't win for losing, a fighter who can never be counted out.”—The Wall Street Journal

“A big city never looks the same once you've walked its streets with a hard-boiled private eye. preferably someone as perceptive and thoughtful as Leonid McGill…[He] doesn't so much walk the city as case it for danger. Keeping pace with him is as much an education as an adventure.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Mosley ratchets up the tension with each new installment in his compelling series.”—Star-Ledger

“Walter Mosley has proven over and over again during the past two decades that he is not only one of America’s greatest mystery writers, but is one of America’s greatest writers period—an American literary treasure. And in All I Did Was Shoot My Man…Mosley has given us one of his best works ever. In Leonid McGill, Mosley has created a character Dostoyevsky would have loved. [He] has written a mystery novel that transcends the genre—a private-eye story for the new, uncertain and constantly dangerous century. All I Did Was Shoot My Man is one of the best books of [the year] and you can’t help but root for Leonid McGill. We have much to look forward to with this series. Kudos to Walter Mosley.”—BookReporter.com

“The best in the series to date…complex, satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly

“Exceptional storytelling.”—Library Journal

Library Journal
In this fourth Leonid McGill mystery (after When the Thrill Is Gone), Mosley uses his exceptional storytelling skills to depict how his conflicted and compassionate PI sabotages himself as he battles to redeem himself and make amends to his family and coworkers. McGill is hired to investigate a strange case in which Zella Grisham admits to shooting her scheming husband after catching him in bed with another woman. Yet she's fuzzy about the $80,000 found in her closet that was part of a $6 million heist. Out on the mean streets of Manhattan, McGill reacquaints himself with his estranged, alcoholic wife; his misguided, eldest son, who left college to live with a prostitute; and his youngest son, who chooses to work as McGill's partner. VERDICT General readers and Mosley fans will appreciate his characteristically fine writing as well as the internal struggles Mosley inflicts on his protagonists. [See Prepub Alert, 7/18/11.]—Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA
Kirkus Reviews
The release of a convicted killer who doesn't happen to be a thief offers another crack at redemption for impossibly compromised New York private eye Leonid McGill (When the Thrill Is Gone, 2011, etc.). Zella Grisham is the only client McGill's ever had whom he knows to be innocent. Who could know better than him, when gambler Stumpy Brown, worried that the NYPD would link him to the $58 million Rutgers Assurance heist, hired McGill nine years ago to frame her for the theft? As Stumpy pointed out at the time, Zella made the perfect patsy because she was already headed for jail after shooting her lover Harry Tangelo when she found him in bed with Minnie Lesser, her former best friend. Now that McGill's lawyer, Breland Lewis, has wangled Zella's release, the frame-up isn't looking like such a good idea. Harry Tangelo has disappeared. So has the daughter Zella gave up for adoption. There's no trace of the missing $58 million, and McGill has no idea where to look for the loot. On the plus side, everyone he runs into, from low-rent grifter Sweet Lemon Charles to Rutgers bigwig Johann Brighton, acts as if they're involved in some sort of felonious activity. As usual, the list of suspicious characters extends to McGill's own family, even before they're nearly killed by a pair of nameless intruders. His wife Katrina, who pulled the plug on their sex life years ago, seems determined to drink herself to death. His blood son, Dimitri, has hooked up with unsuitable Tatyana Baranovich, an ex-hooker from Belarus, and plans to move in with her. McGill just hopes he can do a better job rescuing Katrina's son Twill from the life of crime he seems destined for than he's doing rescuing Zella Grisham from the consequences of the crime she never committed. Overplotted even by Mosley's standards, with precious little chance to savor each scene and speaker before they're hustled offstage to make room for the next.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780594795605
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
166,875
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for All I Did Was Shoot My Man

“The best [McGill] book yet.”—The Boston Globe

“Like the city he works in, and the Mosley books he inhabits, Leonid McGill is complicated, savvy and full of surprises: a would-be champ who can't win for losing, a fighter who can never be counted out.”—The Wall Street Journal

“A big city never looks the same once you've walked its streets with a hard-boiled private eye. preferably someone as perceptive and thoughtful as Leonid McGill…[He] doesn't so much walk the city as case it for danger. Keeping pace with him is as much an education as an adventure.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Mosley ratchets up the tension with each new installment in his compelling series.”—Star-Ledger

“Walter Mosley has proven over and over again during the past two decades that he is not only one of America’s greatest mystery writers, but is one of America’s greatest writers period—an American literary treasure. And in All I Did Was Shoot My Man…Mosley has given us one of his best works ever. In Leonid McGill, Mosley has created a character Dostoyevsky would have loved. [He] has written a mystery novel that transcends the genre—a private-eye story for the new, uncertain and constantly dangerous century. All I Did Was Shoot My Man is one of the best books of [the year] and you can’t help but root for Leonid McGill. We have much to look forward to with this series. Kudos to Walter Mosley.”—BookReporter.com

“The best in the series to date…complex, satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly

“Exceptional storytelling.”—Library Journal

Meet the Author

Walter Mosley is one of America’s most celebrated, beloved, and bestselling writers. His books have been translated into at least twenty-one languages, and have won numerous awards. Born in Los Angeles, Mosley lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 12, 1952
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.A., Johnson State College
Website:
http://www.waltermosley.com

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All I Did Was Shoot My Man 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
Walter Mosley continues his winning ways with this fast paced, hard hitting, twisted web of a mystery. If you haven't started reading Mosley, you are truly missing out on some very literate and well plotted mysteries. Leonid McGill has a problem, well, one of many. Years ago at a mobster's request, he planted evidence against a woman, Zella Grisham, that implicated her as an accomplice in a multimillion dollar robbery. She was already on the fast track to prison, having shot and wounded her husband three times after finding him in bed with another woman. Over the years, McGill has been changing his ways, regretting many of the things he had done in his dark past. After seven years in prison, Zella is released after McGill founds a way to have the robbery evidence discredited without implicating himself. McGill tries furtively to further pay his debt to Zella by finding out who really stole the corporate millions. Bodies soon start to pile up around him as someone is covering their trail. When his family is threatened McGill turns up the heat. Provided for review by the well read folks at Library Thing and Riverhead Books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't quite connect! Too many characters and plot way too busy!! It was hard to keep track of who was who and who was doing what!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Easy Rawlins series, but McGill has way too many characters to keep track of. Probably terrific for someone who can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to give a brotha a bad review BUT this is truly one of the worst reads in the 10 years of our book club history. Gave him a second chance...not worthy of a third.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complicated, but so intelligently written. I read passages out loud to my wife. I am ordering another in this series now. That is the highest praise I can give.
creny More than 1 year ago
This book starts right off as intriguing. It's LT all the way if you have all of this series. you will love this book. There is a lot of mystery and action. The ending was a surprise for sure. I can't wait for #5 to come out. a must read.
ReadalotNC More than 1 year ago
I've loved all of Walter Mosley's books and I realy like the Leonid McGill series. This one was every bit as good. I love the way he tells a story. He makes you want to not stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love that young man, this series is a good one....i just hope there is another book b/c there is another book in there, ( what happen with the wife..the girlfriend..his dad..his kids..will they ever know the truth about there " daddy ".. and will my favorite... TWILL, will he hook up with his bff...just ..get ...to ..writing .,Mr.Mosley!, lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was exciting, I loved the fights, I loved the feelings McGill shared, they're deep. I really loved Twill in the "family business", dangerous as it is, it is a good place for him. And I really love Twill!!! No closure for Tolstoy nor Aura here, but this is a series ;-) SDC
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Leonid Trotter (“LT”) McGill is a 55-year-old African-American man, a former boxer, con man, fixer and over-all reprobate turned [relatively honest] PI is one of the more unusual characters in mystery fiction. Married, he has little if anything to do with his wife. As far as his three children are concerned, he acknowledges that two are not his, but he loves and nurtures all. His collection of friends and associates are as unconventional as he is. And so are the books in the series, all somewhat bizarre but very enjoyable. The plots of the books, while intricate and complicated, tend to be odd. And the present installment is no different. In the past, LT framed a young woman who shot her boyfriend three times, when she came home to find him in bed with her best friend. Since she was destined to go to jail anyway, he planted evidence in her locker of complicity in a $548 million heist from an insurance company. Some years later, LT finds the “false” information that led to her conviction following which his lawyer gets her released from prison. As a result, a number of events take place, including an attempt on LT’s life, along with the murders of several others. Of course, it’s up to him to solve the case. Written in a style that sometimes defies belief, the complexity and insight of the novel and, especially, the LT character, are overwhelming. With each book, development of LT as a person deepens, and the reader gains substantial knowledge of the man. Highly recommended.
darscb6 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read. I really enjoy Walter Mosley books they always bring an interesting perspective on life. The blended dysfunctional family is the norm for most people we just choose not to talk about it.
DarleneGinn-Hargrove More than 1 year ago
FIRST OFF, THIS BOOK HAD WAY TO MANY CHARACTERS FOR YOU TO KEEP TRACK OF. JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHO IS WHO, MOSLEY, INTRODUCES YOU TO SOMEONE ELSE. THEN IT TOOK WAY TO LONG TO BUILD UP STEAM TO HOLD MY ATTENTION. I NEVER GOT EXCITED ABOUT READING THIS BOOK. I MOSTLY WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT ENDING. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK........
sangreal More than 1 year ago
Walter Mosely’s Leonid McGill is not a good man. He isn’t necessarily a bad man either, but he has done some really bad things in the past. Product of a dysfunctional home and the enabler of another of his own making, he has decided to change his life around and atone for the wrong he has done. In this fourth outing in the series, All I Did Was Shoot My Man, this means arranging for the release of Zella Grisham, and helping her get back on her feet. Zella (to whom the title of the book refers) was framed by McGill for a larger crime than the one which she actually committed, involving a multi-million dollar heist. Once she’s out of jail however, both she and McGill discover that there is much more to the heist than either of them ever knew about. This is the basis for the action which follows. The ‘whodunit’ aspect of the book is well plotted and entertaining. I wasn’t able to figure out who was really behind the heist before the end of the book, which for me is quite unusual, so I have to say I definitely enjoyed the mystery. However, the development of McGill’s character, his interactions with his wife, children, lover and the various other persons who people his world, are without a doubt the best part of this book. As much as I love Mosely’s Easy Rawlins, Leonid McGill is fast becoming a new favorite of mine. This was a very fast-paced read, and very enjoyable. It would appeal to readers who enjoy noir with a difference, as well as interesting characters and a solid plot.
LIV2read More than 1 year ago
If you like Mr. Mosley's previous Leonidas McGill stories, you should get a kick outta this one. There are enough descriptions of the plot, so let me say, this is a fun read! Even if you never read a Mosley before, you will love his quirky, real-life characters and the way he develops his story and then weaves it all together seamlessly. Did I mention fun?
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