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White Butterfly

Easy Rawlins
Narrated by: Michael Boatman
Series: Easy Rawlins, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested. Now they need Easy. As he says: "I was worth a precinct full of detectives when the cops needed the word in the ghetto." But Easy turns them down. He's married now, a father -- and his detective days are over. Then a white college coed dies the same brutal death, and the cops put the heat on Easy: If he doesn't help, his best friend is headed for jail. So Easy's back, walking the midnight streets of Watts and the darker, twisted avenues of a cunning killer's mind....
©1994 Walter Mosley (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Another great Easy mystery

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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  • bonnie
  • 04-10-10

honest and open

There was an almost brutal honesty about the people and times of this book that made me whince a few times .. and when it was over I wanted more

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  • Loren
  • 01-06-12

Easy is So Smooth

Where does White Butterfly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a fan of Walter Mosley, his stories capture the essence of the time. I read this book out of sequence, but Mosley is an expert at character development. I felt like I was riding in the car with Easy. At times I could feel the heat of Los Angeles and smell the odors of the city.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The love hate relationship Easy has with LAPD gives an interesting spin on the dynamics of the hunt for the killer.

What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

Michael Boatman's performance was right on the money.

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

I stayed up late two nights to listen to the whole book.

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  • actions speak louder than words
  • 25-05-18

Best of Mosley

I have listened to many Mosley books; this is the best so far. Thanks Walter

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  • A Customer
  • 29-11-16

Wonderful story.

Once again I am very impressed with this story and how Walter Moseley held me spellbound. Isn't it so sad that the 1950's is so similar to 2016 had how we as African American people are still fighting the same inequality in the legal system. Mr. Moseley's writing keeps reminding me of how far we still must go to be treated fairly by the legal system.

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  • Manifesta
  • 28-01-15

The series goes from height to height

Once again, the irreplaceable Michael Boatman makes Mosley's characters jump to life. This is a long, sad tale, with twists on twists that you will not see coming. The best Easy Rawlins story so far, and it's only number three.

In addition to mountains of plot, this book takes us deeper into the life of Easy Rawlins, showing us the kind of man he is, both strong and flawed. He can be exasperating in his weakness and stubbornness, but for a black man in 1950s Los Angeles, caginess was the price if you wanted to survive, let alone get ahead in a hostile world.

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  • BrkrDave
  • 30-05-20

Unbelievable

Story doesn't stand up to much scrutiny. If you just want to go along with the story. its OK.

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  • DARRYL JOHNSON
  • 12-05-20

Walter Mosley, Walter Mosley, Walter Mosley!!!!!!

Unbelievably well done piece of Detective Genre!! Mosley keeps you on your toes in this "Who Done It". The story grips you until the very end, without giving you one idea as to who did what to whom and when!! This piece will break your heart if you are an "Easy Rawlins" fan, but at the same time allows you to see the flaws we all as humans possess. Boatman is outstanding and in my opinion is "Easy Rawlins"!!

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  • cheryl james
  • 11-03-20

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I love everything about this book and I am looking forward to reading the complete series.
Easy is so smooth and yet so Raw.

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  • Tutu Stewart
  • 25-12-19

Another great mystery thriller

I had read years ago, but totally forget until I was going through my books and found it. I said that to say even though I had read it myself hearing it now still held the same interest and suspense it had years before

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-19

wonderful...once again

I truly enjoyed this book and cant wait to listen to the one in the series