SHORTLISTED FOR THE 1992 GOLDEN DAGGER AWARD
'This novel is so hot, it burns the fingers' Evening Standard
'Mosley's second novel confirms him as one of crime writing's finds of the 1990s' Daily Telegraph
It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....