Bad Boy Brawly Brown
Mosley’s first Easy Rawlins novel in six years, Bad Boy Brawly Brown resumes the saga only three months following the end of A Little Yellow Dog. Easy now balances the various aspects of his life: fatherhood, business, and romance. Happy to have a new love interest, he hopes to bring stability to his home, especially after being shaken by the death of Mouse. This novel enjoys the same fast-paced action of the previous installments. And once again, Mosley addresses important social issues and historical truths while also providing an engaging story.
Easy’s investigative skills are tapped once again when longtime friend John McKenzie asks Easy to do a favor for both John and John’s girlfriend, Alva. Brawly Brown, Alva’s son from a previous marriage, is involved in what Alva believes to be a radical organization, the Urban Revolutionary Party (also known as the First Men). Alva wants Easy to locate Brawly, find out how he is doing, and possibly return him to safety.
Easy decides to visit Isolde Moore, Alva’s estranged cousin, with whom Brawly lived during his teen years. Upon approaching Isolde’s front door, Easy discovers the body of a dead man, later revealed as Aldridge Brown, Brawly’s father. Easy snoops around Isolde’s otherwise abandoned house,
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Publication information: Book title: Walter Mosley: A Critical Companion. Contributors: Charles E. Wilson Jr - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 189.
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