Five years have passed since the White Butterfly Affair, there's a Kennedy in the White House and Martin Luther King is in the news. It might look like a new dawn for Black America but for Easy Rawlins times are only getting tougher - his real-estate empire is deep in the hole. Trouble comes knocking once more when Easy's asked to find a missing ...Read MoreFive years have passed since the White Butterfly Affair, there's a Kennedy in the White House and Martin Luther King is in the news. It might look like a new dawn for Black America but for Easy Rawlins times are only getting tougher - his real-estate empire is deep in the hole. Trouble comes knocking once more when Easy's asked to find a missing woman, Elizabeth Eady, aka 'Black Betty'. From her native Houston to her position as housekeeper for a wealthy Beverly Hills family, Betty's beauty and raw sensuality have left a trail of chaos and mayhem in her wake. Walter Mosley's previous "Easy Rawlins" novels are "White Butterfly", "A Red Death" and "Devil in a Blue Dress", a film starring Denzel Washington as Easy.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-04-25 It ain't easy being Easy. Especially not now, as Mosley ( White Butterfly ) brings his much-admired, reluctant L.A. sleuth, Easy Rawlins, to the cusp of the 1960s without his wife and daughter, his real estate riches or the hopes and ambitions that fueled his earlier years. Easy must grab at the $400 he's offered to locate Elizabeth Eady, a missing housekeeper who several years and a few lifetimes away was ``Black Betty,'' a sensual presence on the Houston streets where he grew up. Easy understands that Betty (``. . . a great shark of a woman. Men died in her wake'') has a mythical importance to him, but he doesn't know why the rich and dysfunctional California family she recently worked for is offering so much money to find her, or why her brother Marlon is also missing--and likely dead, given the spilled blood found in his place. Easy isn't always able to concentrate on the case. His pal Mouse, just out of the slammer, wants help finding the guy who sold him out to the cops; all the rage Mouse acts unthinkingly on, Easy feels too and struggles to contain. In measured, quietly emotive prose, Mosley moves his work away from conventional genre fiction, tinkering, abandoning and later returning to the mystery element. Nevertheless, the solution fully satisfies as Easy opts for smaller victories--not the white man's riches, but maybe a few bucks in his pocket and some time with the two adopted kids that now constitute his family. Author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-05-29 Mosley's Easy Rawlins series continues when the down-and-out PI is hired to track down the notorious woman called Black Betty in early-1960s Los Angeles. (July)
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