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Fearless Jones by [Walter Mosley]

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Penzler Pick, June 2001: Those of us who have been waiting for Walter Mosley to return to mystery writing--and there are many of us--have cause to rejoice. Not only has Mosley written a mystery, he is introducing a new character who could turn out to be as popular as Easy Rawlins.

Fearless Jones has a lot in common with Easy, but he also has some characteristics reminiscent of Socrates Fortlow, the "hero" of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. When the story begins, the reader is transported to the Los Angeles of the 1950s, a dangerous place and time for a black man. But Paris Minton seems to have beaten the odds. He owns a moderately successful and very satisfying business--a used book store. He spends the time he's not in the store scouring libraries for discarded books and selling them in just enough quantity to be independent and happy. Yes, he is visited on a regular basis by members of the LAPD who want him to prove to them that he did not steal the books, but that is a small price to pay for independence.

Minton's peaceful life is interrupted one day when a beautiful woman walks into his store and asks for the Reverend William Grove. In no time flat, Paris has been beaten into unconsciousness by a man following her and has been rewarded by the woman with sex. The lovely Elana Love is obviously trouble, but Paris jumps in feet first and, as a consequence, his store is burned to the ground. It is obviously time to call in Fearless Jones, a man well named. Jones is afraid of nothing, but there is a little matter to be taken care of before he can help. He's in jail and Paris must raise bail to get him out. Once he does that, the pair embark on a wild ride through Los Angeles on behalf of Elana Love. As always, Mosley depicts the hard-boiled L.A. in a powerful and distinctive way, and we can only hope that this is the first of a series. --Otto Penzler

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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What appears at first blush to be a new series from Walter Mosley is, in fact, an intriguing extension of his Easy Rawlins' novels. Just as Faulkner switched the focus of his Yoknapatawpha stories from family to family, so Mosley now gives us another set of characters living in Watts in the 1950s. Bookstore owner Paris Minton, like Easy, is a fairly recent arrival in Los Angeles, and he yearns for the sense of community he felt in his all-black southern town. Those yearnings are especially poignant here, as Paris finds himself homeless after his used bookstore (he lives in the back) is burned down. When it becomes clear that whoever torched the store would like to finish the job by getting rid of the owner, Paris, no man of action, needs the help of his war-hero friend, Fearless Jones. The pair quickly finds themselves forced to navigate in uncharted territory filled with white people trying to get their hands on stolen money. The parallels to the Rawlins' novels--Paris is a slightly more bookish Easy, while Fearless suggests a sweeter but equally lethal Mouse--never feel repetitive but, instead, add depth and resonance to the series, as Mosley views his larger theme of race relations in postwar Los Angeles from a slightly new perspective. Bill Ott
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC1AQ6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (June 5, 2001)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 5, 2001
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 979 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0316592382
  • Customer Reviews:
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Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. His books have won numerous awards and have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, including national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RL's Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin' the Dog. He lives in New York City.

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