Lately, Leonid McGill is getting job offers only from the criminals he's worked so hard to leave behind. Meanwhile, his life grows ever more complicated: his favorite stepson, Twill, drops out of school for mysteriously lucrative pursuits; his best friend, Gordo, is diagnosed with cancer and is living on Leonid's couch; his wife takes a new lover, infuriating the old one and endangering the McGill family; and Leonid's girlfriend, Aura, is back but intent on some serious conversations...
So how can he say no to the beautiful young woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash? She's an artist, she tells him, who's escaped from poverty via marriage to a rich collector who keeps her on a stipend. But she says she fears for her life, and needs Leonid's help. Though Leonid knows better than to believe every word, this isn't a job he can afford to turn away, even as he senses that - if his family's misadventures don't kill him first - sorting out the woman's crooked tale will bring him straight to death's door.
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Walter Mosley's 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.
It was published by W.W. Norton in 1990, and 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 the fall of 1995 and garnered critical acclaim and many awards.
Others in the series, A Red Death and White Butterfly were also
nominated for several awards. Black Betty and A Little Yellow Dog
were New York Times bestsellers.
The independent Black Classic Press located in Baltimore, Maryland published the prequel to the Rawlins' series in ...
Walter Mosley: First syllable rhymes with those
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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