Devil in a Blue Dress

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by Walter Mosley
240 pages

Bestselling author Walter Mosley with his crime-fiction oeuvre and the big-screen adaptation of his first published book, which premiered at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival and stars Denzel Washington as hard-boiled detective Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins.


The first novel by “master of mystery” (The New York Times) Walter Mosley, featuring Easy Rawlins, the most iconic African American detective in all of fiction. Named one of the “best 100 mystery novels of all time” by the Mystery Writers of America, this special thirtieth anniversary edition features an all new introduction from the author.

The year is 1948, the town is Los Angeles.

Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran, has just been fired from his job at a defense factory plant. Drinking in his friend’s bar, he’s wondering how he’ll manage to make ends meet, when a white man in a linen suit approaches him and offers him good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a missing blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

Easy has no idea that by taking this job, his life is about to change forever.