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Little Yellow Dog, A: An Easy Rawlins Mystery (Easy Rawlins Mysteries) Paperback – 18 Nov 2002


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: James Bennett Pty Ltd (18 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743451805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743451802
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,817,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
Easy Rawlins is the most unique protagonist in the mystery genre. He is always trying to get ahead without drawing unfavorable attention to himself. Whenever he seems to be making progress, crime and violence dog his footsteps . . . soon bringing the LAPD behind them to hassle him. If this sounds familiar, there is a good chance that Jean Valjean of Les Miserables is the real inspiration for Easy Rawlins.
Having grown up in Southern California at the time Mosley is writing about, I am very impressed with his ear for language and his eye for detail about those time. In A Little Yellow Dog, Easy has moved into the 1960s and is operating closer to the legal side than ever before.
He soon finds himself surrounded by corpses, accusations, and the potential to lose his job, his children, and his freedom. Faced with those terrible consequences, he returns to his old friends for help in unraveling a satisfying mystery.
Clearly, part of the appeal of this book is that Easy's vantage point on America is different from that of most readers. He is a black man with community connections to those who bend and break the law, yet he is a good man. How he will resolve the conflicts that inevitably occur due to his personal values, commitments to others, and the racisim of his society provides a satisfying look at the true nobility of man. That's what takes this book well beyond the normal well-written mystery.
I liked the way that Easy developed as a person in this novel, bridging the gap between his aspirations and his former life. This provides more interesting plot twists, character development, and a chance to revisit characters who worked well in the earlier novels.
A Little Yellow Dog is a top-notch successor to the earlier books in the Easy Rawlins series. Don't miss it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although with regrets piling a mountain high, I haven't read the prequel to the previous five books (Devil in a Blue Dress: 10, Red Death: 8, White Butterfly: 10, Black Betty: 9, and A Little Yellow Dog: 9) "Gone Fishin'," but I totally love this series nonetheless. This book is no-let down like an author we all know (Robert Jordan i.e. "A Crown of Swords"). No long stretched out plotpoints and no women with the same personalities all the time. Each woman is unique in this world and grows as Easy gets older. Some with the same attitude as Rawlins in doing what it takes in a world of so few chances. What is the most I like from these compelling volumes? I like how Walter has "evolved" Easy from a recovering WWII vet to a tough-as-he-has-to-be private eye. Then another twist (no, not some brilliant scheme of gumshoeness), Easy becomes a father to a small family, but not all at once and not as easily as his name may fool you. I love how he illustrates the world of Los Angeles circa early 50's. We feel like we have "grown-up" with Easy along all the troubles and racism that he must endure. All the characters have lives of their own and change as Rawlins does. This book is a must read for the Walter Mosley fan! To tell you any details is a CRIME. I have never been a fan of mysteries until I have read these books. I hope Walter is penning the next Easy mystery!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
Can a book have atmosphere? If it can, then this book has it. The descriptions of the school yard took me back, in a flash, to my elementary school in Long Beach, California years ago. Do you remember school rooms in bungalows? And tetherball? Mosley is absolutely THE master of dialogue. Sometimes too much of one author can get tiresome, but not in this case. I read BLACK BETTY just before this book and the dialogue continues to be fresh and sparkling. I enjoyed the dry humor sprinkled throughout the story. It suits Easy very well and I'd like to see more of it in future books. The foray into the culinary experience was another new addition that I liked a lot. The main story line held together well and moved along almost effortlessly. I finished this book yesterday and I still don't know how I feel about the ending. I'm sure it will stay with me for a long while. Walter Mosley is one of the best authors around today, in my opinion. I eagerly await the next installment in the saga of Easy Rawlins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After having read "Black Betty", "Devil in a Blue Dress", "A Red Death", "White Butterfly" and now "A Little Yellow Dog" in that order, I want to read them all over again. Easy has definitely mellowed with age, but still knows the "game". All of the friends we met in the earlier books are still there to help him out of a jam - especially, "Mouse". Mouse and Easy have been through alot together, but this one is the "toughest" of them all. This book is a definite pager-turner and when it ends, you'll want more!
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
Easy Rawlins is the most unique protagonist in the mystery genre. He is always trying to get ahead without drawing unfavorable attention to himself. Whenever he seems to be making progress, crime and violence dog his footsteps . . . soon bringing the LAPD behind them to hassle him. If this sounds familiar, there is a good chance that Jean Valjean of Les Miserables is the real inspiration for Easy Rawlins.
Having grown up in Southern California at the time Mosley is writing about, I am very impressed with his ear for language and his eye for detail about those time. In A Little Yellow Dog, Easy has moved into the 1960s and is operating closer to the legal side than ever before.
He soon finds himself surrounded by corpses, accusations, and the potential to lose his job, his children, and his freedom. Faced with those terrible consequences, he returns to his old friends for help in unraveling a satisfying mystery.
Clearly, part of the appeal of this book is that Easy's vantage point on America is different from that of most readers. He is a black man with community connections to those who bend and break the law, yet he is a good man. How he will resolve the conflicts that inevitably occur due to his personal values, commitments to others, and the racisim of his society provides a satisfying look at the true nobility of man. That's what takes this book well beyond the normal well-written mystery.
I liked the way that Easy developed as a person in this novel, bridging the gap between his aspirations and his former life. This provides more interesting plot twists, character development, and a chance to revisit characters who worked well in the earlier novels.
A Little Yellow Dog is a top-notch successor to the earlier books in the Easy Rawlins series. Don't miss it!
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