Black Betty (Paperback)

By Walter Mosley

Washington Square Press, 9780743451789, 368pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2002



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....

Praise For Black Betty


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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Marvelous storytelling.

San Diego Union Tribune

Perceptive and poignant, humorous and horrifying...a rare blend of top-flight entertainment and incisive social comment.