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.
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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.
A great way to access Mosley and his character, Easy Rawlins. LA is a gritty backdrop and, as is common in thriller fiction, yet another character in the novel. Easy is always one inch away from getting wasted by evil characters -some enemies and some friends- and he does get beat up plenty, but he manages to outsmart the nasties and figures out how to get to resolution. Easy doesn't like violence and especially its excesses, but he seems surrounded by it. The devil in the title has a complicated little secret: her beauty is such that grown men (including Easy) are ready to forget her lies and her treacheries. Everybody harbors the illusion that they could live happily ever after with her. LA urban noir at its best.
Devil in a Blue Dress.... Too good.
Perhaps the most consistent, finest mystery writer in America since Hammett and Chandler, Walter Mosley never ceases to amaze, and Devil in a Blue Dress is one of his best.
Beautifully structured, fast-paced, the novel is made to be read in a single, long sitting - maybe on a rainy Sunday, with a bottle of rye or bourbon- so the reader can spend the entire day with Easy Rawlins and Mouse and Daphne Monet.
And if that's not enough, watch the movie version with Denzel Washington and Jennifer Beal and Don Cheadle. Magnificent.
What more can be said. You are drawn in and hooked.