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Little Scarlet

(2004)
(The ninth book in the Easy Rawlins series)
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From Publishers Weekly
Set during the Watts riots of 1965, this eighth entry in Mosley's acclaimed Easy Rawlins series (Bad Boy Brawly Brown, etc.) demonstrates the reach and power of the genre, combining a deeply involving mystery with vigorous characterizations and probing commentary about race relations in America. Easy Rawlins, 45, is—like the rest of black L.A.—angry: "the angry voice in my heart that urged me to go out and fight after all the hangings I had seen, after all of the times I had been called nigger and all of the doors that had been slammed in my face." But Easy stays out of the fiery streets until a white cop and his bosses recruit him to identify the murderer of a young black woman, Nola Payne; the cops suspect an unidentified white man whom Nola sheltered during the riots, and are worried that if they pursue the case, word will leak and the riots will escalate. Easy, an unlicensed PI who also works as a school custodian, agrees to investigate, drawing into his quest several series regulars, including the stone killer Mouse, the magical healer Mama Jo and his own family. There's also a sexy young woman whose allure, like that of the violent streets, threatens to smash the life of integrity he has so carefully built. In time, Easy focuses on a homeless black man as the killer, not only of Nola but of perhaps 20 other black women, all of whom had hooked up with white men. This is Mosley's best novel to date: the plot is streamlined and the language simple yet strong, allowing the serpentine story line to support Easy's amazingly complex character and hypnotic narration as Mosley plunges us into his world and, by extension, the world of all blacks in white-run America. Fierce, provocative, expertly entertaining, this is genre writing at its finest.
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Mosley returns to top form in this ninth installment of his celebrated Easy Rawlins series. In the early volumes, the calendar moved ahead almost one decade per book, but Mosley has been lingering through the 1960s--rightfully so, given the far-reaching impact of that turbulent era on African American life. Here it's the last days of the Watts riots in 1966, and a black woman, nicknamed Little Scarlet, has been found murdered in her apartment, the same building that an unidentified white man appeared to enter after escaping a mob of rioters. Did the white man commit the murder? The LAPD wants answers quickly, which is why Rawlins is asked to investigate. As has been the case throughout this series, the mystery at hand serves as a window opening on a historical moment. As Easy investigates, he finds himself forced to make sense of his own contrary feelings about the riots--his sadness at the loss of life and property in his community set against his recognition of inevitability, of the fact that the riots were expressing out in the open the anger every black man and woman had been forced to hide: "Now it's said and nothing will ever be the same. That's good for us, no matter what we lost. And it could be good for white people, too." Mosley remains a master at showing his readers slices of history from the inside, from a perspective that is all those things history usually isn't: intimate, individual, and passionate. Bill Ott

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Little Scarlet
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 1-4352-9241-3 / 978-1-4352-9241-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-29
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February 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Little Scarlet: Easy Rawlins 9
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-297-84828-3 / 978-0-297-84828-8 (UK edition)
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September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-7862-6612-0 / 978-0-7862-6612-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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June 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-316-07303-2 / 978-0-316-07303-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Paperback Editions

December 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Little Scarlet
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-7538-2550-3 / 978-0-7538-2550-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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August 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins, 9)
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-446-19824-2 / 978-0-446-19824-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Little Scarlet: Easy Rawlins 9 (Easy Rawlins mysteries)
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-7538-1944-9 / 978-0-7538-1944-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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February 2006 : Paperback
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Title: [(Little Scarlet)] [Author: Walter Mosley] published on (February, 2006)
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
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April 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-446-61271-5 / 978-0-446-61271-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vision
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June 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Little Scarlet: Easy Rawlins 9: An Easy Rawlins Novel
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-7538-1920-1 / 978-0-7538-1920-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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February 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Little Scarlet
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-297-84873-9 / 978-0-297-84873-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Audio Editions

July 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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July 2004 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Author(s): Walter Mosley
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July 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Author(s): Walter Mosley
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July 2004 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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July 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 1-58621-659-7 / 978-1-58621-659-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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June 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 1-58621-660-0 / 978-1-58621-660-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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2004 : USA Audio CD

Title: Little Scarlet
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 1-4159-0228-3 / 978-1-4159-0228-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Little Scarlet: Easy Rawlins 9
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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July 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Little Scarlet: A Novel (Easy Rawlins Book 9)
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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