Karma: A Penguin eSpecial from Riverhead HC [NOOK Book]

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When Walter Mosley published the first Leonid McGill novel, The Long Fall—the acclaimed New York Times bestseller that is now being developed as a series for HBO—it was clear that this new hero was a man with a past. He was a private investigator who had “decided to go from crooked to slightly bent,” turning down the shady but lucrative work that New York’s thugs and mobsters had long brought to his door.

In “Karma,” Walter Mosley tells us the...
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Karma: A Penguin eSpecial from Riverhead HC

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Overview

When Walter Mosley published the first Leonid McGill novel, The Long Fall—the acclaimed New York Times bestseller that is now being developed as a series for HBO—it was clear that this new hero was a man with a past. He was a private investigator who had “decided to go from crooked to slightly bent,” turning down the shady but lucrative work that New York’s thugs and mobsters had long brought to his door.

In “Karma,” Walter Mosley tells us the story of the moment McGill decided to change his ways, when a seemingly classic femme fatale forced him to confront the reality of his life of corruption and betrayal. It was the culmination of a dark and tragic case that reached back through McGill’s entire career, plumbing the full, complex history of the soul-scarred figure now hailed as “a poignantly real character . . . [and] a more than worthy successor to Philip Marlowe.” (The Boston Globe)

Originally published in Otto Penzler’s anthology Dangerous Women, “Karma” was included in Best American Mystery Stories 2006, edited by Scott Turow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101438084
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 50
  • Sales rank: 164,818
  • File size: 171 KB

Meet the Author

Walter Mosley
A genre-bending author who can move from science-fiction to mysteries, Walter Mosley is perhaps best-known -- and loved -- for his 1940s and ‘50s noir crime novels starring the cool, complex detective Easy Rawlins.

Biography

When President Bill Clinton announced that Walter Mosley was one of his favorite writers, Black Betty (1994), Mosley's third detective novel featuring African American P.I. Easy Rawlins, soared up the bestseller lists. It's little wonder Clinton is a fan: Mosley's writing, an edgy, atmospheric blend of literary and pulp fiction, is like nobody else's. Some of his books are detective fiction, some are sci-fi, and all defy easy categorization.

Mosley was born in Los Angeles, traveled east to college, and found his way into writing fiction by way of working as a computer programmer, caterer, and potter. His first Easy Rawlins book, Gone Fishin' didn't find a publisher, but the next, Devil in a Blue Dress (1990) most certainly did -- and the world was introduced to a startlingly different P.I.

Part of the success of the Easy Rawlins series is Mosley's gift for character development. Easy, who stumbles into detective work after being laid off by the aircraft industry, ages in real time in the novels, marries, and experiences believable financial troubles and successes. In addition, Mosley's ability to evoke atmosphere -- the dangers and complexities of life in the toughest neighborhoods of Los Angeles -- truly shines. His treatment of historic detail (the Rawlins books take place in Los Angeles from the 1940s to the mid-1960s) is impeccable, his dialogue fine-tuned and dead-on.

In 2002, Mosley introduced a new series featuring Fearless Jones, an Army vet with a rigid moral compass, and his friend, a used-bookstore owner named Paris Minton. The series is set in the black neighborhoods of 1950s L.A. and captures the racial climate of the times. Mosley himself summed up the first book, 2002's Fearless Jones, as "comic noir with a fringe of social realism."

Despite the success of his bestselling crime series, Mosley is a writer who resolutely resists pigeonholing. He regularly pens literary fiction, short stories, essays, and sci-fi novels, and he has made bold forays into erotica, YA fiction, and political polemic. "I didn't start off being a mystery writer," he said in an interview with NPR. "There's many things that I am." Fans of this talented, genre-bending author could not agree more!

Good To Know

Mosley won a Grammy award in 2002 in the category of "Best Album Notes" for Richard Pryor.... And It's Deep, Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992).

Mosley is an avid potter in his spare time.

In our 2004 interview, Mosley reveals:

"I was a computer programmer for 15 years before publishing my first book. I am an avid collector of comic books. And I believe that war is rarely the answer, especially not for its innocent victims."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 12, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      B.A., Johnson State College
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    I Expected A Little More Backstory...

    Be warned - Karma is a short story, NOT a novel. Upon completion of this eBook, I expected to understand the backstory of the Leonid McGill character. Contrary to how the book is marketed, Karma dances around the edges of Leonid's history, but does not explain much. This perhaps could be Mr. Mosely's intent...to slowly reveal the character through the series. As a die-hard fan, I have come to understand that Mosley is slow to reveal the history/motivations of his characters at times. However, I still would have liked to have been given a little more in this short story. In a nutshell, Karma does not deliver on the promise, but I encourage true beleivers to continue on to the other books within the Leonid McGill series. Mosley is still one of our most gifted story tellers in the modern crime series genre.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    A Good Read, but not His Best

    Walter Mosley is a great writer. Although this short story/novella is imaginative, I felt he did not accomplish the character development in his usual good fashion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Karma

    Size does not matter when it comes to this book. Walter does a great job telling his story as usual! I enjoyed reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    GREAT!!! History into L. McGill

    It's the prequel to When the Thrill is gone. Glad I had my nook so that I could take advantage of the story! Can't wait until the book itself comes out. Loving Walter Mosley!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    SHIMMERSTREAM NEEDS HELP FAST

    Go to the nineteenth result now!!

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    Posted March 25, 2011

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