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.
It's hard to get lost when you're coming home from work. When you have a job, and a paycheck, the road is set right out in front of you: a paved highway with no exits except yours. There's the parking lot, the grocery store, the kids' school, the cleaner's, the gas station, and then your front door.
But I hadn't had a regular job in a year and here it was two in the afternoon and I was pulling into my driveway wondering what I was doing there. I cut off the engine and then shuddered, trying to fit inside the sudden stillness.
All morning I had been thinking about Bonnie and what I'd lost when I sent her away. She'd saved my adopted daughter's life, and I had repaid her by making her leave our home.
In order to get little Feather into a Swiss clinic, Bonnie had reacquainted herself with Joguye Cham, a West African prince she had met in her work as a flight attendant for Air France. He made a temporary home for Feather, and Bonnie stayed there with her and him.
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).
Full Review (617 words).
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 ...
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