Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Series #1)

Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Series #1)

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Devil in a Blue Dress: Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story "Crimson Stain" 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
God bless the day Mosley invented Mouse, I know this book is about Easy rawlings, but Mouse is one of those characters that stay in your mind 24 hours a day. Mosley's Literary brilliance is overwhelmingly clear in this novel. this is a must read for any mystery and action novel fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Devil In A Blue Dress is a beautiful book, with its Southern dialect and the change of the pace of Los Angeles's tough streets. Devil In A Blue Dress tells the story of Ekeziel 'Easy' Rawlins and his quest to pay his mortrage after he is fired from his job at a defense plant. The books explores the racial and gender segregation in post war America. It invites you, the reader, into a web of desire and intrigue.
jennifer worry More than 1 year ago
This book is a great mystery. The plot is extremely well written with many suprising twists along the way. Easy Rawlins is a very interesting character, and it's very easy to get lost in his life. You'll defenitely find yourself rooting for the underdog in this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorote Easy Rawlins mystery. I am addicted to these books.If you like the 1940's, jazz, and mysteries then this book and the others are for you!
divas_lioness More than 1 year ago
My first read by Walter Mosley, but it won't be my last. I want to read the entire Easy Rawlings series. The excitement and mystery surrounding the book made it a page turner. Loved the unexpected outcome. Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for an intro to detective fiction class and I definitely enjoyed it. It was an easy read and I knocked it out in a few hours but it still kept my interest.
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This is the debut of WALTER MOSLEY and the first in his EASY RAWLINS series, which has been very successful and received much acclaim. The novel was published 1990 but the series is continuing to this day, though the author briefly abandoned it for other projects only to resume it after a few idle years. I've gotten all of these mysteries through the years and enjoyed them the first time. A second reading is less satisfying because Mosley is writing about black America circa 1950 from the vantage point of more contemporary times, i.e. the nineties and the turn of the century, so he interjects how much worse conditions were for Negroes back then compared to the present via the first person observations of the main character, who sounds like he is recollecting earlier stories instead of relating them in real time as they are occurring. This technique betrays the sense of realism needed for the story to be believable. The author would've done better to keep the narrator's knowledge and understanding confined to the specific period within which the events are contained and without benefit of hindsight. Chandler didn't have Marlowe reminisce about old days; he set the cases in the time he was living instead of a previous era. The series has to be read in order of publication because it follows a chronological pattern(1948...1952...1961...) so skipping installments means missing important developments. It's like a TV show where they recap what already happened before each episode except the writer expects the reader to be up to date without review.
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: Easy Rawlins lives in L.A., 1948. He's a black war veteran who just lost his job for mouthing off to the boss. Then a man comes along with an easy proposition: find a girl who was hanging out with the blacks at the jazz bars. While Easy needs the money to keep the little house he bought, he wants to know why the guy wants the girl found. Then he finds out others are looking too. Bodies pile up, having been worked over first, and the girl turns out to be connected to politics. While Easy finds the girl, it comes along with a lot of trouble from crooks, politicos, and cops who think he's good for one of the murders. . WHAT I LIKED: The story moves, the characters are interesting, and the descriptions of the settings are well-written enough to give the reader the feel of each place in the story. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The characters may be interesting but are not well-developed. This story definitely has the feel of the pulp mystery fiction of the 50s and 60s, with lots of action, but no depth to the main characters. I never particularly cared about Easy, although I like the parameters of the character. . BOTTOM-LINE: Smooth as silk . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
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Why is the kindle version cheaper?
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