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Walter Mosley

USA flag (b.1952)

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 34 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 21 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.

Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction
New Books
February 2023

Every Man a King
(King Oliver, book 2)
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1993) : White Butterfly
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (2006) : 47
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : Cinnamon Kiss
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2019) : Down the River unto the Sea

Walter Mosley recommends
Perdition U.S.A. (1996)
(Ivan Monk, book 2)
Gary Phillips
"It takes a certain kind of hard-boiled hero... Ivan Monk is that hero."
The Virgin of Flames (2007)
Chris Abani
"Chris Abani reveals Los Angeles as we have never seen it before - magical and crumbling, a place of deserted rooftop oases and intersections where new identities are bought and sold. He has rewritten our American story and brought the world into our streets, our most private negotiations and confessions."
The City & the City (2009)
China Miéville
"Daring and disturbing."
Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)
(Highway 59, book 1)
Attica Locke
"Attica Locke's Bluebird, Bluebird reads like a blues song to East Texas with all its troubles over property, race, and love. Taut where it has to be to keep a murder investigation on its toes, this novel is also languid when you need to understand just what would keep a black woman or man in a place where so much troubled history lies. This novel marks Love's (and Hatred's) comings and goings amongst black and white, and all the shades between. Locke's small town murder investigation reveals what lies at the heart of America's confusion over race."
Your House Will Pay (2019)
Steph Cha
"In Your House Will Pay, Steph Cha fearlessly explores the duality of LA's promise and betrayal, its vision of new beginnings and the brutal divisions that cut between race and class. Cha takes her place as one of the city's most eloquent storytellers in this soul-searching illumination of one of the tragedies at the heart of the 1992 LA riots."
Blacktop Wasteland (2020)
S A Cosby
"...S. A. Cosby reinvents the American crime novel. Blacktop Wasteland thrums and races - it's an intoxicating thrill of a ride."
The Other Black Girl (2021)
Zakiya Dalila Harris
"Witty, inventive, and smart, The Other Black Girl goes deeper to take on class privilege, race, and gender in a narrative that slyly plays along the edges of convention. Zakiya Dalila Harris’s debut is a brilliant combustion of suspense, horror, and social commentary that leaves no assumption unchallenged and no page unturned."
Like a Sister (2022)
Kellye Garrett
"A murder mystery that tests all the boundaries of family love, friendship, and the ephemeral trap of social media fame. Smart with twists you never see coming, Garrett's novel delivers all that you want in a read you can't put down."
Mecca (2022)
Susan Straight
"The grasslands and desert, the endless blue skies torn by the Santa Ana winds and the fires that will burn it all away. Susan Straight has written a hymn to all that have called the Golden State home. Spoken in a multitude of languages, Mecca is about America's dream and finding the perilous pathways through its history."
The Ballad of Perilous Graves (2022)
Alex Jennings
"A hallucinatory wonder of a debut."
An Honest Living (2022)
Dwyer Murphy
"Dwyer Murphy's debut novel, An Honest Living, is a noir love letter to New York City. It is a sublime trip through a city teeming with professional idlers, hustlers, poets, politicians, insurance scammers, and real estate developers, all vying for their share of New York's divinity."

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