Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse.
Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We adore Raymond Chandler’s and Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled detective classics, but Walter Mosley’s riveting debut gives a much-needed update to the golden age of noir. Mosley’s protagonist, Easy Rawlins, is a black World War II vet who finds himself newly unemployed in the segregated L.A. of the late 1940s. Easy is hired to find a white businessman’s missing girlfriend in the jazz nightclubs she frequents; his no-nonsense instinct for the truth—and his weakness for gorgeous women—could make him the ideal man for the case…or the perfect fall guy. Sexy and atmospheric, Devil in a Blue Dress is a perfect introduction to Mosley’s stellar mystery series.
Reissue of the first book in Moseley's Easy Rawlins mystery series, in which Easy is hired to track down a woman who disappeared with someone else's money.
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