Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley, 1952–, African-American author, b. Los Angeles. He was a computer programmer until his first novel, the best-selling mystery Devil in a Blue Dress (1990; film, 1995), was published. A noirish tale of the search for a missing blonde in a seedy, corrupt 1948 Los Angeles, it introduces Mosley's smart, decent, and streetwise black detective, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a World War II veteran with a jaundiced view of the racist, money-fueled justice system. Mosely's subsequent mysteries move Rawlins forward in time; they include A Red Death (1991), Black Betty (1994), the short stories of Six Easy Pieces (2003), Little Scarlet (2004), and Cinnamon Kiss (2005). A versatile and prolific author, Mosley has written other mysteries, e.g., Fearless Jones (2001); literary fiction, e.g., RL's Dream (1995) and Fortunate Son (2006); science fiction, e.g. Blue Light (1998) and Futureland (2001); and nonfiction, e.g., Workin' on the Chain Gang (2000) and Life Out of Context (2006).

See C. E. Wilson, Jr., Walter Mosley: A Critical Companion (2003).

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Walter Mosley: A Critical Companion
Charles E. Wilson Jr.
Greenwood Press, 2003
Contemporary African American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Emmanuel S. Nelson.
Greenwood Press, 1999
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Invisible Detection: The Case of Walter Mosley
Lock, Helen.
MELUS, Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring 2001
"Lost in These Damn White Halls": Power and Masculinity in Walter Mosley's Fiction
Ruiz-Velasco, Chris.
The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 2, Winter 2010
"The Black Dick": Race, Sexuality, and Discourse in the L.A. Novels of Walter Mosley
Berger, Roger A.
African American Review, Vol. 31, No. 2, Summer 1997
The Curious Case of Walter Mosley: The Author of Mystery Novels Such as Devil in a Blue Dress Talks about His Jewish and Black Heritage, Why He Invents Black Heroes (Not Jewish Ones) and His Controversial Belief That Jews Are a Non-White "Race" Unto Themselves
Neuman, Johanna.
Moment, Vol. 35, No. 5, September-October 2010
Power and Knowledge in Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress
Wesley, Marilyn C.
African American Review, Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring 2001
Hard-Boiled Black Easy: Genre Conventions in A Red Death
Gray, W. Russel.
African American Review, Vol. 38, No. 3, Fall 2004
Blues Poetics and Blues Politics in Walter Mosley's RL's Dream
Levecq, Christine.
African American Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, Summer 2004
No Order from Chaos: The Absence of Chandler's Extra-Legal Space in the Detective Fiction of Chester Himes and Walter Mosley
Bunyan, Scott.
Studies in the Novel, Vol. 35, No. 3, Fall 2003
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