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.
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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.
Devil in a blue dress
This was an excellent read. Walter mosely brings his characters to life and makes this novel enjoyable to read. It's a thrilling story with an amazing plot. Easy Rawlings mysteries are genius
I Loved It
This is a classic in Black American fiction. It's definitely a great read.