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Blood Grove by Walter Mosley

Blood Grove

Walter Mosley

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Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781474616560

Walter Mosley's infamous detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new mystery to solve on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California

4 stars out of 5
Joan Smith
14 Feb 2021

"(A) witty, fast-paced novel."

When a white man turns up with a confused story about a violent incident on a camping trip, Mosley’s African-American private eye, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, is understandably reluctant to take the case; the client is a shell-shocked Vietnam vet who went to the aid of a white woman, getting into a fight with a black man who has since disappeared. Rawlins’s sympathy for a fellow ex-soldier overrides his instincts, plunging him into confrontations with mobsters, pimps and racist cops in this witty, fast-paced novel.


4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
2 Feb 2021

"he’s his own man when it comes to describing “the darkness” within us all. Just brilliant!"

Blood Grove opens in 1969 with a traumatised soldier, just back from Vietnam, enlisting his help to discover whether or not he did in fact stab a black man as he tried to rescue a damsel in distress. The damsel, naturally enough, turns out to be a very foxy femme fatale. Period and place (Los Angeles) are described with economy and wit. The casual racism of the police and the public is shocking — as is the bloody climax.