A Red Death

A Red Death

Book - 1991
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WW Norton
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 the favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. FBI Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First African Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist union organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin...

Baker & Taylor
During the McCarthy era, Easy Rawlins is caught between a vengeful IRS employee and an FBI agent who wants to use him as an undercover operative

Publisher: New York : Norton, c1991.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393029987
Branch Call Number: M MOS
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 22 cm.


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Sep 29, 2016

"I found that if you could savor the booze, I mean if you took longer to drink it, then the intoxication was more pleasurable. And I liked drinking alone when I wanted to be drunk. No loud stories or laughing; all I wanted was oblivion."
Solid entry in Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins series. Mosley continues the fertile tradition of L.A. noir that's associated with Chandler and Ross Macdonald, but adds the element of race, which gives it a unique quality. Like all of his novels, race is an ever-present factor, but this also references the Red Scare (Hence the title).


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