Charcoal Joe (Easy Rawlins Series #13)

Charcoal Joe (Easy Rawlins Series #13)

by Walter Mosley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804172103
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Easy Rawlins Series , #13
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 197,997
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Walter Mosley is the author of fifty books, most notably fourteen Easy Rawlins mysteries, the first of which, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into an acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington. Always Outnumbered, adapted from his first Socrates Fortlow novel, was an HBO film starring Laurence Fishburne. Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy Award, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has just been named the 2016 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. A Los Angeles native and a graduate of Goddard College, he holds an MFA from the City College of New York and now lives in Brooklyn.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 12, 1952

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


B.A., Johnson State College

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Charcoal Joe (Easy Rawlins Series #13) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again loved it! Twist and turns another page turner, the old characters was well implented into the story along with new ones, my notebook is full of referencing from the story. I need it to keep up with and how and who; good one as the series is. The quotes used always give you something to think about. "Copacetic".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Easy at the 1st book. In every book I am wooed and courted in that seemily passive-aggressive seductive way that only Eazy can deliver. I smoke my token cigarette after every book......savouring it. Mosley fans.... you wont be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mosley never disappoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whew! Reading about Easy Rawlins cases is an aerobic workout.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: Easy Rawlins has started a new detective agency with two trusted partners and has a diamond ring in his pocket for his longtime girlfriend Bonnie Shay. Finally, Easy’s life seems to be heading towards something that looks like normalcy, but, inevitably, a case gets in the way. Easy’s friend Mouse calls in a favor—he wants Easy to meet with Rufus Tyler, an aging convict whom everyone calls Charcoal Joe. Joe’s friend’s son, Seymour, has been charged with the murder of two white men. Joe is convinced the young man is innocent and wants Easy to prove it no matter what the cost. But seeing as how Seymour was found standing over the dead bodies, and considering the racially charged nature of the crime, that will surely prove to be a tall order. One of his two partners, Tinsford “Whisper” Natly, is described as “a Negro from St. Louis who could find anyone, anywhere, given the time and resources. Easy describes himself as a “poor black man from the deep South . . . lucky not to be dead and buried, much less a living, breathing independent businessman.” Their receptionist, Niska Redman: “Butter-skinned, biracial, and quite beautiful . . . twenty-four and filled with dreams of a world in which all humans were happy and well fed.” Easy says of himself “I had two great kids, a perfect island woman that I would soon propose to, a profession I was good at, friends that I liked, and access to powers that most people in Los Angeles (white and black) didn’t even know existed.” Easy’s friend Mouse is a welcome presence in these pages. Forty-seven, he still has never worked “an honest job” and is accused by Etta as having been an outlaw since he was five, which he cannot deny. When Mouse asks Easy to help him out with Charcoal Joe, he cannot refuse. Fearless Jones (who Easy calls “the black Prince Charming”) also plays a big role in the tale. Another wonderful entry in this series, and another one which is highly recommended.
GerryO001 More than 1 year ago
Complicated tale from Walter. Easy thinks he's getting a handle on his life. A case his friend Mouse gives him leads to mayhem as usual. Before long things are a mess in his personal and professional life. Well plotted. Walter Mosley is still a master of this genre.
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Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
With Ezekiel “Easy”Rawlins this author has created one of the most popular characters known to crime fiction. In some 14 tales Walter Mosley has kept up the excitement as Easy gets in and out of hot water in 1968 Los Angeles. As Charcoal Joe begins for once it looks like Easy is enjoying a quietus while running WRENS-L, a detective agency whose partners including Easy are Saul Lynx and Whisper Natly. Plus, Easy is about to propose to his ever girl Bonnie Shay....until he finds out she’s rehooked up with another. Perhaps that clouded his judgment, but whatever the case he’s agreed to help Charcoal Joe. The son of one of Joe’s many associates, Dr. Seymour Brathwaite, a 22-tear-old physicist, was found at the scene of a double murder and is now enjoying the hospitality of the LAPD. Joe wants Easy to find evidence to clear Seymour. As there’s never a dull moment in Easy’s life Jasmine Palmas-Hardy (once Seymour’s foster mother) offers Easy $18,000 to bail Seymour out. Seems a bit odd, doesn’t it? But that’s not the end of unexplainables - two thugs who have attacked Easy and his friend Fearless Jones go to meet their maker, there are several other murders, and more felonies than we can count. With non-stop action, carefully drawn ancillary characters, and best of all Easy in full force Charcoal Joe is a must for all fans of the series and the unfortunate few who haven’t yet experienced the power of Walter Mosley’s pen. Michael Boatman’s narration is finely tuned as he not only delivers the tale but expertly introduces the thugs, ladies of the night and police officers who walk the LA’s streets. Enjoy!