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									Walter MosleyWalter 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.

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Walter Mosley
Current Home:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 12, 1952
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
B.A., Johnson State College
Shamus Award, Private Eye Writers of America, 1990; Grammy Award for Best Album Notes, 2002

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Mosley's Latest

The Easy Rawlins Novels

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								Blonde Faith, Author: 
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Blonde Faith
by Walter Mosley
Mosley's tenth installment in his groundbreaking Easy Rawlins series finds the L.A. detective in his usual state -- up to his neck in blood, corpses, and, perhaps worse, family tribulations. The story is set in post-Watts riots 1967, and Easy, now 47, is hired to track down two friends: Christmas Black, a former Green Beret who left his adopted Vietnamese child at Easy's house before disappearing, and everyone's favorite sociopath, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander, whom the police are out to kill. But Easy has his own problems. Emotionally volatile after losing his soul mate, Bonnie Shay, Easy is tortured by regret and self-doubt; he's on a collision course with his grief and must either change direction or crash. As he ages, Easy is a man groping for stability in an increasingly unstable world.
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								Devil in a Blue Dress, Author: 
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*  Devil in a Blue Dress (1990)
*  A Red Death (1991)
*  Black Betty (1994)
*  A Little Yellow Dog (1996)
*  Gone Fishin' (1997)
*  Bad Boy Brawly Brown (2002)
*  Fear Itself (2003)
*  Man in My Basement (2004)
*  Little Scarlet (2004)
*  Cinnamon Kiss: A Novel (2005)
*  Fortunate Son (2006)
*  Fear of the Dark (2006)
*  Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel (2006)
*  This Year You Write Your Novel (2007)
*  Blonde Faith (2007)

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The Best Book to Read First

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								Gone Fishin', Author: 
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Gone Fishin'
by Walter Mosley
Although it was published seventh, it was actually written first. The year is 1939. Mosley's hero Easy Rawlins is just nineteen years old and on the road to Texas with his unpredictable friend Mouse. It's as much an atmospheric Southern Gothic as a conventional mystery.

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An Editor's Oops!

"My life as a writer has been pretty easy (no pun intended)," Mosley reveals in our exclusive interview. "I started writing seriously in 1986, and my first novel was published in 1990. However, the first story that I ever published in a little literary magazine, “Voodoo," was later found in manuscript form in some editor’s desk. That editor, not realizing that the story had been published a year earlier, sent me a rejection letter, saying, 'This story really is not right for us….'"

More than a Mystery Writer

Favorite Writers & Reads

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								RL's Dream, Author: 
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RL's Dream
by Walter Mosley
In 1996 Mosley took a detour into non-genre fiction and wrote RL’s Dream, the story of a dying, homeless black man who is taken in by a troubled young white woman. A reviewer for the San Francisco Review of Books called the book “mesmerizing. . . .the author’s finest achievement to date.”

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								Their Eyes Were Watching God, Author: 
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
In our interview, Mosley told us that Zora Neale Hurston's classic "opened the door of linguistic possibility that finally allowed me to become a writer." Read the complete interview to learn more about Mosley's all-time favorite books, including:

*One Hundred Years of Solitude  by Gabriel García Márquez
*The Stranger  by Albert Camus,
*Four Quartets  by T. S. Eliot
*Kindred  by Octavia Butler
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