Walter Mosley: A Critical Companion

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A Little Yellow Dog
(1996)

With the novel A Little Yellow Dog, set in 1963, Mosley returns to famed protagonist Ezekiel “Easy” Porterhouse Rawlins. Though Easy is once again trying to lead a normal, upstanding life, this time as a custodial supervisor for the local school district, Easy finds himself connected to three murders. And as is always the case, if he does not help to solve the crimes, he may be accused of them himself. With a zealous detective dogging his every move, Easy is immersed in one of the most complex cases of his life. Caught among police, gamblers, gangsters, drug traffickers, and thieves, Easy must continually negotiate and strategize to save himself as well as other innocent victims. Along with his present responsibilities as a single parent, Easy must also reckon with a past that always seems to impact his present life at the most inopportune moments.


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Easy reports to his job as senior custodian at Sojourner Truth Junior High School. Because it is quite early in the morning, he is surprised to find one of the teachers there already. Upon entering her classroom, Easy finds a visibly shaken Idabell Turner and her pet dog, Pharaoh. Knowing that pets are not allowed on school grounds, Idabell begs Easy to keep the dog for her until day’s end because she fears that her husband intends

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