NEW YORK — Farewell, Easy Rawlins. Hello, Leonid McGill.
Mystery writer Walter Mosley has agreed to write three novels for Riverhead Books, two of which will feature Leonid McGill, a sleuth based in New York City. Mosley first used him in the short story ‘‘Karma.’’
‘‘I’ve long thought of Walter Mosley as one of the great American writers,’’ Riverhead executive editor Sean McDonald said in a statement Monday. ‘‘His work is consistently provocative and exciting, delivered with a style and power that is uniquely his own.’’
Mosley, 55, is best known for Devil in the Blue Dress, Black Betty and other novels in his Rawlins series. His last book featuring the Los Angeles private eye, Blonde Faith, was published this fall by Little, Brown and Company.
Here's the Sun-Times' review of Blonde Faith...
From David J. Montgomery's October mysteries roundup:
Every book that Walter Mosley writes is a literary event, a feast for lovers of the written word. And nowhere is that more true that with the outstanding Easy Rawlins series, the tenth installment of which is Blonde Faith (Little, Brown and Company, 320 pages, $25.99). Rawlins isn’t the angry young man he once was, but he’s still putting his life on the line to fight for what he believes is right, especially when it involves those he cares for. This time two of his best friends, Christmas Black and Raymond “Mouse” Alexander, need Easy’s help, and he’ll go to any length to provide it. As is the case with the last few books in the series, Mosley makes his points in Blonde Faith with a bluntness that tends to rob the story of some of its joy. Even given that, however, he’s still such a fine storyteller that the book can’t help but be a delight to read.
David J. Montgomery is the editor of MysteryInkOnline.com.