I finished Little Green today. Little Green is the latest volume in Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins mystery novels. I read the previous volume a few years ago. In it, Mosley seems to kill off Easy in the end of the novel. I was shocked with Easy’s death and with knowing that there would be now be no more Easy Rawlins mysteries. I was therefore startled to find a new Easy Rawlins book at Common Good Books. I snapped it up as soon as I saw it and then proceeded to examine the dust cover to make sure that, yes, Mosley had somehow brought Easy back to life. I read the first book in the series, Devil In a Blue Dress, many year ago, and have read most if not all of the ensuring books, all of them entertaining and enlightening views of the african-american experience in mid-twentieth century America. In addition, the books fall right into the hard-boiled private eye mystery genre that I love so much. Mosley is the best writer of the genre that I’ve read since John MacDonald. He is good enough to have escaped the confines of the genre and has become respected as one of today’s best novelists regardless of genre.
Lots of action, wonderful and unique characters, and insights into the human soul and the things that matter most. As Easy says, “It’s an amazing world out there if you give it half a chance.”