The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

Available March 24, 2009

A brand-new mystery series from one of the country’s best-known, best-loved writers: a new character, a new city, a new era. A new Walter Mosley.

His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL , PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It’s a name that takes a little explaining, but he’s used to it. “Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man’s family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see aboveground is only a hint at the real story.”

Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill’s an old-school P.I. working a city that’s gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by—keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side—mostly because he’s never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, “decided to go from crooked to slightly bent.”

New York City in the twenty-first century is a city full of secrets—and still a place that reacts when you know where to poke and which string to pull. That’s exactly the kind of thing Leonid McGill knows how to do. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be constantly tested.

And we learn that with this protagonist, this city, this time, Mosley has tapped a rich new vein that’s inspiring his best work since the classic Devil in a Blue Dress.

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  1. Walter Mosley Talking: Bestselling novelist, celebrated
    crime writer, African-American activist_
    (http://www.unitedfo rpeace.org/ calendar. php?calid= 24375)

    Tuesday, March 31st 2009 7:30 pm
    Hosted by KPFA’s Anita Johnson

    March 31, Tuesday, 7:30 PM
    First Congregational Church of Oakland
    2501 Harrison Street, at 27th Street Oakland

    Info: http://www.kpfa.org/ events 510.848.6767X609

    The great crime novelist talks about his life and work and new book, answers questions from the audience and signs copies of his book.

    Walter Mosley has written 29 critically acclaimed books (translated into 21 languages). Best known among them are the historical mysteries featuring two-fisted detective Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of these, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into a major film starring Denzel Washington. Among his other popular titles are: Red Death, Black Betty, A Little Yellow Dog, The Man In My Basement, Blonde Faith, Cinnamon Kiss, and Fear of the Dark. Mosley served on PEN’s Open Book Committee, a group working to increase the presence of African-Americans and other others in the publishing community. He was a finalist for the NAACP Award in Fiction, and was given the Risktaker Award by the Sundance Institute.

    In THE LONG FALL, Mosley leaves behind Easy Rawlins, Fearless Jones, and Los Angeles to create a dynamic new character, Leonid McGill – “a red-diaper baby, ex-boxer, a man eternally at war with himself, who may be his most compelling hero yet” — Kirkus Reviews.

    The novel is “an astounding performance by a master, a searing X-ray of grasping, conspiratorial New York and of the penitent soul of a wily, battle-scarred private-eye. Dark: because it takes us express to the lower depths. Beautiful: because Mosley never leaves us without light. This is, simply, Mosley’s best work yet.” —Junot Diaz

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