Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1) by Walter MosleyWhen a jobless World War II vet named Easy Rawlins is hired to find a woman, he finds himself ensnared in a web of lies and murder. Can Easy find Daphne Monet without becoming another victim? And what secrets is Daphne Monet carrying?
Devil in a Blue Dress is a throwback to the pioneers of noir like Hammett, Chandler, and Cain. Only this PI is black and his case takes place in the black Los Angeles of 1948. Mosleys black LA is just as vivid as Chandlers seedy Hollywood underbelly.
Easys supporting cast is as colorful as anything Hammett or Chandler ever crafted: Frank Green, Joppy, Junior, Dupree, and the rest. DeWitt Albright is a sociopathic villain, the most frightening kind, and Easys pal Mouse isnt much higher on the food chain.
Easy is a conflicted character, not wanting to get too deep into the web of murder surrounding Daphne Monet but unable to stop himself. Mouse provides a nice contrast to Easy in that hes not conflicted in the least. As far as Bad Ass Friends go, Mouse is really high on my list. Hes unhinged but likes Easy enough to follow him anywhere as long as Easy doesnt get in his way.
Owing to its early noir roots, the case is suitably serpentine. Once I assumed everyone except Easy was a liar, it was one hell of a ride to the finish.
The prose was good. Id say it owed more to Hammett than Chandler. Ill be interested to see where the series goes from here considering how many of the players were dead by the end.
Four out of five stars. I think Ive found the series that will eat up a portion of my 2014 crime reading.
Devil In A Blue Dress
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The year is The place: Los Angeles. Albright offers Easy an undercover job and gives him a business card with the location of his office. Easy has just been laid off from his job at Champion aircraft company, and needs to make money for his mortgage. After Joppy convinces him of Mr. Albright's honesty, Easy goes to meet the white man at his office. Albright tells Easy that his client is looking for a white woman named Daphne Monet , who frequents black speakeasies.
Devil in a Blue Dress
Los Angeles, - He becomes a private investigator to pay the mortgage, despite having no training. In the summer of , Easy Rawlins is recently laid off from his job at Champion Aircraft , and needs money urgently to pay his mortgage.
Devil in a Blue Dress is a hardboiled mystery novel by Walter Mosley , his first published book. The text centers on the main character, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins , and his transformation from a day laborer into a detective. Easy is a Houstonian, from that city's Fifth Ward, who lost his job at a Los Angeles aviation defense plant, and is unable to pay the mortgage on his LA home. Easy is sitting in a bar run by Joppy, a friend who is also from Houston, when a man named DeWitt Albright walks into the bar and offers him a job finding a young woman named Daphne Monet. Monet, a young white woman, is rumored to be hanging out in bars frequented mostly by African Americans, although white women are allowed inside. At the bar Easy meets two old friends, Coretta and Dupree, among many other people that he knew from his former life in Houston. Coretta says that she knows Daphne, but gives an incorrect address to Easy.