Black Betty (Paperback)

An Easy Rawlins Novel (Easy Rawlins Mystery #4)

By Walter Mosley

Washington Square Press, 9780743451789, 368pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2002

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (3/5/2019)
Compact Disc (5/1/2014)
MP3 CD (8/23/2016)
Compact Disc (2/1/2012)
Paperback, French (1/1/1998)
Compact Disc (5/1/2014)
Paperback, French (11/2/1999)
Audio Cassette, Abridged, Abridged (5/1/1994)
Compact Disc (7/1/2002)

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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 New York Times bestselling author of five Easy Rawlins mysteries: Devil in A Blue Dress, A Red Death, White Butterfly, Black Betty, and A Little Yellow Dog; three non-mystery novels, Blue Light, Gone Fishin', and R. L.'s Dream; two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield Wolf Award, and which was an HBO movie; and a nonfiction book, Workin' On The Chain Gang. Mosley is also the author of the Leonid McGill, and Fearless Jones mystery series, The Tempest Tales and Six Easy Pieces. He is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America, a founder of the PEN American Center Open Book Committee, and is on the board of directors of the National Book Awards. A native of Los Angeles, he now lives in New York City.

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

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."