Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Easy Rawlins Returns in 'Little Green'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Easy Rawlins Returns in 'Little Green'

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From the moment he first appeared in "Devil in a Blue Dress" in 1990, Easy Rawlins was an instant favorite of discerning readers and literary critics alike. So the disappointment was palpable when the private detective, drunk and in despair over a lost love, deliberately drove his car off a California cliff at the conclusion of "Blonde Faith," the 11th novel in the series.

At the time, author Walter Mosley, said he'd had his fill of Easy and that it was time to move on to other creative work. In the six years since, he has remained productive, turning out political nonfiction, science fiction, young adult novels and fine crime novels featuring three new protagonists.

But now, at long last, Easy is back in "Little Green," where we find him awakening from a two-monthlong coma to discover, as usual, that people he cares about need his help.

The Easy Rawlins novels have always been distinguished by the writer's remarkable literary style and the seriousness of his purpose, for these books have never been mere whodunits. Taken together, they are nothing less than a history of race relations in post-World War II Los Angeles.

"Little Green" more than lives up to the high standard the author has set.

This isn't the first time Mosley has brought a character back to life. He appeared to have killed off Easy's dangerous sidekick, Mouse, only to have him return from oblivion two books later. …

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