Walter Mosley: A Critical Companion

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Fearless Jones
(2001)

In his eleventh novel, Fearless Jones, Mosley returns to detective fiction, this time creating a new sleuth, Paris Minton. The owner of a used bookstore, Paris is satisfied enjoying the easygoing intellectual life that his official occupation allows, but he is soon immersed in a complex situation from which he must actively extract himself. Along with his sidekick, the inimitable Fearless Jones, Paris will comb the streets of 1954 Los Angeles trying to avert danger and even death. This novel, however, differs from those in the Easy Rawlins series in that Mosley attains a level of narrative complexity previously unseen in his other detective novels. With all of its plot twists and detailed political and historical allusions, Fearless Jones demands of the reader careful focus and concentrated analysis.


PLOT DEVELOPMENT

Protagonist Paris Minton has been enjoying the life of an independent businessman for three months. However, his carefree lifestyle is abruptly interrupted when a stranger, Elana Love, enters his store. Elana has come in search of Reverend William Grove and Father Vincent la Trieste, leaders in a storefront church once housed just down the street from Paris’s shop. Before Elana can explain exactly why she needs to locate the men, a burly and imposing man, Leon Douglas, enters the store and asks for Elana, who has secreted herself in the back room. When he cannot find Elana,

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