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Summary

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....
©2002 Walter Mosley (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mike
  • Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 07-04-13

Great Story

I started reading Walter Mosley because John Grisham mentioned the author in the Racketeer. I have found this and other Walter Mosley books about Easy Rawlings very interesting. They have provided me with new insights of a culture very different to 21st century England. I particularly like the development of the character Easy. However, my favorite is Mouse, who I probably would not want to meet in person but always provides color to the stories.

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  • Martin
  • 21-12-14

Easy Rawlins is also an easy listen.

Would you consider the audio edition of A Red Death to be better than the print version?

Don't know, listened didn't read it, so cannot say which is better. But I liked the narrator's voice in my head better than I like the one in mine.

What did you like best about this story?

Good plot, well written, gets the social divide between ethnicities, the police and the American class structure pretty well - especially for the time period this book is set in.

Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and equally good. I'll be looking for his narrations.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, wish I could have.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book and the Easy Rawlins series!

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  • Qats kindle
  • 03-07-18

Stereotype driven

Disappointing. Common plot. Too much cursing and sex to cover up a thin stormy line

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  • Amber
  • 21-06-18

I Did Not See That Coming

Walter Mosely did it again. Only, I was not sure who the killer was. And I am shocked at Easy’s behavior! I felt like Easy was very reckless this story. He seemed to not care whether he lived or died. I cannot say much without giving it all away. But, Michael Boatman did another fantastic job. He truly brings Easy Rawlins to life. His smooth laidback manner feels infectious and annoying. But you love it either way. He a listen. You are never let down with an Easy Rawlins Mystery.

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  • cary austin
  • 16-05-18

Never get enough

Michal Boatman is great narrator! My second time on this book! Rereading this series!....wow🙂

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  • shelia donaldson
  • 09-04-18

Oh So Good

Mosley has done it again. He never fails to deliver. Grabs you from word one.

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  • Catherine Sonnier
  • 29-12-17

Entertainment while working

Enjoyed, kept me spellbound and entertained while working. The narrator kept me interested till the very end

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  • Felecia Clark
  • 08-12-17

Wonderful and hurtful

I can't wait to see how Easy's life progresses as a man and a parent.

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  • Xavier
  • 05-05-17

Loving this series

Reminds me of my early life in Chicago growing up in the 50's and 60's. Since living in LA from the 1970's through 2017, I am familiar with all the locations as well as the nature of the characters. I am loving every hour of listening pleasure. Read my extended review on the 'Easy Rawlins' series as detailed in my review of "Devil in a Blue Dress".

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  • Jhamed Babatunde-Bey
  • 26-03-17

good book

overall a good story a little quick on the wrap up but that is Walter mostly for you the reading is excellent one of my favorite readers

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  • Debbie Walker
  • 20-12-16

Smooth

Very well paced. The story was like I was a friend listening to what was going on in the neighborhood. The narrator is very good. I can listen to him all day. I also love the fact that the story takes place in the 50's. I wonder when Hollywood is going to make another Easy Rawlins movie. Long overdue.