Devil in A Blue Dress

Devil in A Blue Dress

An Easy Rawlins Mystery

Paperback - 2002
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Devil in a Blue Dress , a defining novel in Walter Mosley's bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse.

Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Washington Square Press, [2002], c1990
ISBN: 9780743451796
Branch Call Number: MYS MOS
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Mosley, Walter

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elizali
May 30, 2017

Was very excited to read this book, however, did not read closely enough that this is NOT a noir book - it is in the noir style - but was written in the 90's. Seemed a bit too close of a riff on The Big Sleep. I did appreciate the racial commentary, since many noir books are from a limited perspective, but this wasn't enough to overcome my disappointment. Largely, my perspective on this is based on faulty marketing, but I also took issue with the writing. Mouse is easily the most interesting character, but completely in shadows because the reader only sees his decisions in flash moments of heightened plot action.

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ReadGurl
Sep 19, 2016

Mr Lombardo: Try watching the movie, I think you can easily follow the narration and will love the characters. I was fascinated by the character Mouse ! I'm in love with Easy!

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tocch101
Nov 15, 2015

A wonderful addicting story that has a true and honest voice that doesn't overplay the detective addicted to drugs or alcohol aspect. Will continue to read the series.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 03, 2015

I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but then it became very tedious and monotonous. The dialogue became confusing and irritating, and although I really liked Easy Rawlins in the beginning, the more I read, the more I disliked him. In fact, I did not like a single character in this book, and there were too many characters to follow. After reading 75% of the book, I gave up -- I did not care enough to find out how it ended! A big disappointment.

multcolib_susannel Oct 25, 2014

Watts, Los Angeles , 1948 finds black WWII vet Easy Rawlins trying to pay off his mortgage and relax.
Then he is asked to find a mysterious woman named Daphne Monet.

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lukasevansherman
May 17, 2014

If you haven't read an Easy Rawlins mystery, this is the one to start with. Made into a film with Denzel Washington as Rawlins.

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godaddyo
Dec 28, 2013

The first novel in the Easy Rawlings series. A nice introduction to the engaging Rawlings character and the noir genre. Breaks new ground in the genre while simultaneously adhering to many of its' classic tropes.

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godaddyo
Dec 28, 2013

godaddyo thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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