Black Betty: An Easy Rawlins Novel (Easy Rawlins Mystery #4) (Paperback)

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My favorite entry in the long-running Easy Rawlins series find the detective broke and raising two adopted children while hampered by a bad real estate investment. In bad need of money, he reluctantly accepts a job from another PI to track down a woman from his past, all while keeping an eye on his murderous friend Mouse. A page-turner that is also observant and humane.

— Jacob S


1961: For most black Americans, these were times of hope. For former P.I. Easy Rawlins, Los Angeles's mean streets were never meaner...or more deadly. Ordinarily, Easy would have thrown the two bills in the sleazy shamus' face -- the white man who wanted him to find the notorious Black Betty, an ebony siren whose talent for all things rich and male took her from Houston's Fifth Ward to Beverly Hills. There was too much Easy wasn't being told, but he couldn't resist the prospect of seeing Betty again, even if it killed him....

About the Author

Walter Mosley is the acclaimed author of forty-three books, including the internationally bestselling Easy Rawlins series. His best known Easy Rawlins novels include Devil in a Blue Dress, A Red Death, White Butterfly, Black Betty, and Little Yellow Dog. He is also the author of the collection of stories Always Outnumbered. Always Outgunned featuring Socrates Fortlow, which was the basis for an HBO feature film. A former president of the Mystery Writers of America, he was named a grand master by the organization in 2016. He has served on the board of directors of the National Book Foundation and is a recipient of the PEN American Center Lifetime Achievement Award. A native of Los Angeles, he now lives in New York City.

Praise For…

Newsweek Elegantly crafted...Mosley's best book yet.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Marvelous storytelling.

"Perceptive and poignant, humorous and horrifying...a rare blend of top-flight entertainment and incisive social commentary."
— San Diego Union Tribune
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743451789
ISBN-10: 0743451783
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2002
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Easy Rawlins Mystery