First mass market paperback publication Walter Mosley is one of America's most respected crime writers and he has a large and devoted fan base. He is also Bill Clinton's favourite author! Walter Mosley is a New York Times bestselling author 'One of America's most gifted writers, of any genre...Mosley's mastery of authentic dialogue is matchless' The Times 'Walter Mosley packs his dialogue tight like a fist, but the economy of language is beautifully lifted by the blues cadences of the characters' dialect' Daily Telegraph
Walter Mosley is the author of numerous other works of fiction and non-fiction. He has received a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Award, among other honours.
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Though the prose is a bit rough in spots, Mosley's third outing for L.A. bookseller Paris Minton and the intrepid Fearless Jones is as entertaining as its predecessors, Fearless Jones and Fear Itself. Trouble comes to Paris's door in the form of his cousin Ulysses "Useless" S. Grant IV," who needs help after getting mixed up in a scheme that has gotten totally out of hand. Despite refusing to even let Useless cross his threshold, Paris is drawn, violently, into the fray. Mosley isn't afraid to cast his characters in heroic molds and does so explicitly when Paris recalls Bullfinch's Mythology and muses: "Fearless was the hero, I was the hero's companion, Useless was the mischievous trickster." As in any good heroic adventure, Fearless and Paris face a variety of monsters, traps, sirens and other temptations. Mosley's talent for sketching memorable minor characters of every hue ("buttery brown," "copper," "brick," "olive with a hint of lemon") is fully evident, while his reading of the racial temperature of the 1950s is as dead-on as ever. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.