A Little Yellow Dog (Paperback)

An Easy Rawlins Novel (Easy Rawlins Mystery #5)

By Walter Mosley

Washington Square Press, 9780743451802, 384pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2002

List Price: 17.00*
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November 1963: Easy's settled into a steady gig as a school custodian. It's a quiet, simple existence -- but a few moments of ecstasy with a sexy teacher will change all that. When the lady vanishes, Easy's stuck with a couple of corpses, the cops on his back, and a little yellow dog who's nobody's best friend. With his not-so-simple past snapping at his heels, and with enemies old and new looking to get even, Easy must kiss his careful little life good-bye -- and step closer to the edge....

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 A Little Yellow Dog: An Easy Rawlins Novel (Easy Rawlins Mystery #5)

"The best book yet in this fine series. Easy Rawlins [is] one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction."

"Mosley writes with a keen sense of place and a sharp style that pins his unpredictable characters deftly to the page."

"Entertaining....Like Chandler and Ellroy, Mosley's wry wit holds nothing sacred."

"[A] well-energized and crafty volume."

"Mosley....writes with a pure, true voice. A Little Yellow Dog marks another winner for its remarkable author."

"A Little Yellow Dog is just as smoky and sexy as Devil In a Blue Dress....[Mosley] tells his story fast and hard, sometimes funny, sometimes lyrical."

"Easy Rawlins is back, which is great news....Mosley's thrillers, always thrilling, are salutary as well."

"How does Walter Mosley do it?....Each Easy Rawlins mystery is better than its predecessor -- richer, more nuanced and, in this case, funnier."

"Mosley just writes so well -- so crisply, so smoothly.... His view of human nature is bone-solid realistic, no illusions."

"Early 1960s black Los Angeles is alive in the look and talk of the book.... Easy is a cool dude struggling to stay alive and make sense of his tough and tawdry world."