The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

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No. 43 of 100 books I intend to read and review in 2019.

When Mosley stopped writing his Easy Rawlins series I fell by the wayside, but after reading the first Leonard McGill mystery, I reckon it’s time to get back into Mosley. Here, we have a flawed black hero in his 50s, semi-raised by his deadbeat communist dad who wants to go straight but whose dark past is always there to snuff out the light.  The plot to this one had me confused pleasantly, but the prose was hardboiled to perfection. Think Raymond Chandler let loose in contemporary New York (circa 2010), and what’s not to like about that?

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Patrick Sherriff publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting good fiction about Japan and featuring an original painting or sketch. He lives in Abiko, Japan, with his wife and two daughters.