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
bestsellers. By the date of this
newsletter, Blonde Faith
had already risen to #6 on the
LA Times Fiction Bestseller
Is this the End of Easy?
During Mosley's book tour for Blonde Faith, National Public Radio interviewed him for its All Things Considered broadcast on October 10, 2007. In this discussion, the interviewer, Robert Siegel, recalls that Devil in a Blue Dress (1990) introduced readers to Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins in 1948, when he was a black World War II veteran and fledgling detective in Los Angeles, and he asks Mosley if Blonde Faith, the 10th Easy Rawlins novel, might be the final chapter in this popular series. In answer, Mosley tells him, "There [are] no more Easy Rawlins books in my head I guess it's always possible that I could write another one, but I'm not thinking about writing another one, and this feels like a nice ending to me." In a separate discussion with Publishers Weekly, Mosley confirms, "I really feel that this is the best Easy Rawlins novel, which makes me happy to kind of go out on it. It's not that it's my favorite book, I think it's my best novel. And I've never said that before."
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This article was originally published in November 2007, and has been updated for the
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