Devil in A Blue Dress

Devil in A Blue Dress

Book - 2002
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In a Los Angeles bar, "Easy" Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job, wonders how he'll pay his mortgage. DeWitt Albright, a quietly vicious white man, walks in and offers Easy good money if he'll find Daphne Monet.
Publisher: New York, NY : Washington Square Press, Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2002]
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9780743451796
0743451791
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 21 cm

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PolyWogg
Sep 03, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Smooth as silk
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Easy Rawlins lives in L.A., 1948. He's a black war veteran who just lost his job for mouthing off to the boss. Then a man comes along with an easy proposition: find a girl who was hanging out with the blacks at the jazz bars. While Easy needs the money to keep the little house he bought, he wants to know why the guy wants the girl found. Then he finds out others are looking too. Bodies pile up, having been worked over first, and the girl turns out to be connected to politics. While Easy finds the girl, it comes along with a lot of trouble from crooks, politicos, and cops who think he's good for one of the murders.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The story moves, the characters are interesting, and the descriptions of the settings are well-written enough to give the reader the feel of each place in the story.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The characters may be interesting but are not well-developed. This story definitely has the feel of the pulp mystery fiction of the 50s and 60s, with lots of action, but no depth to the main characters. I never particularly cared about Easy, although I like the parameters of the character.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.

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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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