Easy Rawlins comes home from work and finds more trouble on his doorstep in a day than most men encounter in a lifetime.
A friend has left his daughter at Easys house without so much as a note. Clearly this friend, Christmas Black, a veteran of Vietnam, fears for his life and his daughter's.
Easy's closest friend, the man known as Mouse, has disappeared tooand his wife tells Easy that he is wanted for murder. Mouse has been a thorn in the polices side for so long that Easy is convinced that this time they will kill him as soon as they find him.
Worst of all, Easy's longtime lover tells him that she plans to marry another man. In a world of hurt, Easy strikes out on his own to try to find one friend, save another, and save himself from the pain that is driving him out of his mind. On his path he meets drug dealers, corrupt officials, every manner of criminal and conand a woman named Faith who may hold the key to more than one life.
The many fans of Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins are sure to be satisfied with this tenth novel in the series.
For readers who may not be familiar with earlier books by this prolific and awarded writer, be assured that Blonde Faith can also be enjoyed as a standalone mystery. It's true that at times, because of Easy's wide social ties and past successful cases, a new reader can feel like the only guest at a party who doesn’t already know everybody else. However, the narrator resolves this potential pitfall by repeatedly providing history, back stories, and context whenever Easy's old friends, enemies, and acquaintances appear. (Reviewed by Kathy Pierson).
The Los Angeles Times - Thomas Curwen
[D]oes Easy's despair come from a broken heart alone? Mosley has always linked his hero's fate with that of Los Angeles and painted a broader picture of race in America, so you have to wonder what's changed in this city in 20 years that has made Easy's surroundings so inimical to him. Clues are everywhere. Walking into a bank on Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica, Easy ponders the change: "In 1964, I would have been an anomaly walking in there, obviously far from home. . . . But in 1967, two years after the Watts riots, I was no longer a mere abnormality but a threat."
Entertainment Weekly - Fred McKindra
Mosley is as adept at drawing the curves of a hooker as name-checking Hegel or Holden Caulfield, again setting the bar for literary genre fiction with Blonde Faith. A-
Boston Globe - Renee Graham
[I]f this is the last we hear from him - and by the final page, it certainly seems that way, as Mosley largely shuns any maddening David Chase-style ambiguity - then this captivating author has delivered a refined, bittersweet coda to his always-engrossing series.
Miami Herald - Karla Mass Blonde Faith is one of those "Don't you dare interrupt me" novels. It’s colorful, fast-paced, and the detective work is reminiscent of TV's "CSI," "Without a Trace" and "Cold Case."
Familiar territory for both Mosley (Killing Johnny Fry, 2007, etc.) and Easy, who sounds a lot more ancient than his 47 years.
Amidst the frequent historical vignettes and righteous asides, we want Easy to scramble free and act. When he finally does, the conflagration feels almost pro forma....there are indications that suggest Mosely may be thinking about wrapping it up.
More than one man's journey, Mosley's Easy Rawlins series is a chronicle of the shifting landscape of race relations from the 1940s to the 1960s and is destined to become part of the American-and not just African American-conscience.
Starred Review. Mosley knows his territory as intimately as a lover knows his beloved, and Easy's tortuous progression from man-child to man may have reached its climax in this searing and moving novel.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Woods Say it ain't so, Walter! I couldn't put the book down and the twists and turns in Easy's life made the book alive from start to, well, almost finish. I love Mosely's use of rainbow adjectives to describe the beautiful array of skin color among "the people". The... Read More
Rated of 5
by Dj Blonde Faith Whew!!!
The choice of wording was more descriptive, more emotional, more final............etc.
I was afraid to finish reading the book. I did and now I'm at a loss.
A very good but troubling read.
Rated of 5
by Donna Blonde Faith I enjoyed this book although I found Easy overly melancholy. I just hope he's not dead !
Walter Mosley is a
thoughtful and prolific author
whose books have been translated
into at least twenty-one
languages. His popular mysteries
featuring Easy Rawlins and his
friend Raymond "Mouse" Alexander
began with Devil in a Blue
Dress in 1990, which was
nominated for an Edgar. The
TriStar film, "Devil in a Blue
Dress," produced by Jonathan
Demme, directed by Carl
Franklin, and starring Denzel
Washington and Jennifer Beals,
was released in 1995 and
garnered critical acclaim and
many awards. Others novels in
this detective series, A Red
Death and White Butterfly
were also nominated for several
awards. Black Betty,A
Little Yellow Dog, and Cinnamon
Kiss were New York Times
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