Houseful Of Black History | Walter Mosley – Author

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Walter Mosley

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If you have never heard of this gentleman, but have viewed the movie Devil In A Blue Dress and enjoyed it, then he should be one of your favorites. Easy Rawlins worked his way into the libraries of many through a page-turning series by this author. The words seem to come off of the page like a slow swirl of smoke, and intertwine with your imagination just as they should. I’m kind of upset that I waited as long as I did before picking up a novel by him.

I guess it doesn’t really hurt when you have Denzel Washington playing your star character either. I know that we’re not supposed to let a movie tell us how a character is supposed to look. We’re supposed to apply the carefully chosen words of the creator to do that. For this I ask forgiveness, but Easy will always have that swagger that only Washington gives in performances onscreen.

Born January 12, 1952, Mosley has been weaving great crime fiction for nearly thirty years.

While you may ONLY be familiar with Devil In a Blue Dress, you should start at the beginning of the series and work your way through. Especially since this author began writing at the age of 34 and has written every single day since then. The passion and commitment that goes into being a GREAT author is one not appreciated by too many, or so it seems.

While my stance against eReaders has softened a bit because of living and learning I recommend that you check out, download, or buy one of his books, and I am sure you’ll be hooked. Here are a couple more titles to get you started properly. While he has much more than the Easy Rawlins mysteries, they are MY favorites so I’m sharing them here with you. Enjoy!

The Easy Rawlins Mysteries

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  • Reply
    February 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I love that you are encouraging us to read more Black authors. I love Devil in a Blue Dress and will take your advise re-reading beginning at the first of the series… and I know that I have to read more of our authors beyond the classics…. My friend Tj Amour on FB listed a listing of 100 must reads by black authors ~ cheers to happy reading!!!! <3

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    Arelis Cintron @DjRelAt7
    February 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Sounds like a movie to add to my TO WATCH list! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Natasha Nicholes
      February 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I’m surprised that more of his books haven’t made it to the big screen, but I figure they might lose something in translation. What do you think?

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