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Taking It Easy, Once Again: Walter Mosley Talks about the Return of a More Mature Easy Rawlins and the Mystery of His Missing Sidekick. (Crimetime).(Brief Article)(Interview)

Magazine article Book

Taking It Easy, Once Again: Walter Mosley Talks about the Return of a More Mature Easy Rawlins and the Mystery of His Missing Sidekick. (Crimetime).(Brief Article)(Interview)

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READERS NEW TO THE STREET-SMART ANTICS OF WALTER MOSLEY'S Easy Rawlins will have a chance to catch up on the first six novels in the popular series when they're rereleased this fall. But fans who have waited patiently for six years for a new adventure will be rewarded this summer, when Easy returns in Bad Boy Brawly Brown. This time, Easy must keep a friend's son from getting immersed in a controversial civil rights group called the Clan of the First Men.

How do you keep the Easy Rawlins series from becoming stale?

Keeping it in real time will keep it fresh. If you have a character that you write over a twenty-year period, as that time goes by, if he doesn't get any older or change, he starts to become an anomaly in his own time. The problem for me is, if you keep the same person in that story, what are his character changes from book to book? Unless he has some deep sort of existentialist change, he's going to remain the same person, and you've already told the best of the story in the first book, hopefully, and every book afterward becomes kind of a wash.

When Easy first appeared, he was essentially a lone noir figure, but now he's a family man involved in politics. Given this progression, do you think the series is still noir?

You can be noir, and live in a noir world, and still have politics in that world. The Continental Op [Dashiell Hammett's noir fictional hero] was always involved in corrupt politics. It's true that times change, and as they do, different things become important in Easy's world. …

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