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Walter Mosley
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13 May 2010 Leonid Mcgill Mystery 1

We follow former rule-breaker Leonid McGill as he's buffeted between the overlords of New York's underbelly, desperate to turn straight, but unable to say no to a nicely paid job. When we're introduced, he's calling in old favours and greasing NYPD palms to uncover seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client. But when the former schoolmates on his list are bludgeoned to death one by one, McGill realises that a friendly reunion wasn't quite what his taskmaster had in mind. And the awkward questions that follow seem almost welcome in comparison to a visit from Willie Sanderson, a trained killer and 'modern-day Frankenstein', now primed to ensure that McGill breathes his last.

THE LONG FALL shows Walter Mosley at the height of his powers, breathing new life into American crime writing with sassy dialogue and unflinching social truths. Vividly capturing a city not nearly as cleaned up as its politicians would have us believe, this is new Mosley - and it's just as good as the vintage kind.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753826860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753826867
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shows Walter Mosley at the height of his powers, breathing new life into American crime writing with sassy dialogue and unflinching social truths. (TANGLED WEB)

An engaging tale set in a bleak and violent world. (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)

A cracking thriller with shades of Raymond Chandler at his best. (THE PRESS)

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Bestselling mystery writer Walter Mosley's electric new novel introduces a brand new investigator - Leonid McGill - and a gripping new set of challenges.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
for nine filterless Camels and eight red-tipped matches."

Walter Mosley's newest novel, "The Long Fall", is full of this sort of short, terse nuggets that should assure any fan that while Easy Rawlins may be gone, Leonid McGill will fill that void very nicely.

Set in New York City, Leonid McGill is not as much a P.O. as he is an old-school fixer. You have a problem; Leonid's your go-to guy. The problem is that Leonid's client base has been historically filled with unsavory characters and the fixes made by Leonid have had some tragic consequences. Leonid is a man quite capable of self-reflection and he is haunted by his past. As a result, as the story opens, he has tried to walk away from that part of his work and decided to concentrate on cases that do not torture his newly invigorated sense of right and wrong. But, to paraphrase the only memorable line from the turgid Godfather 3 "just when he thought he was out... they pull him back in." The result is an excellent, fast-paced story.

There are three parallel plot lines in "The Long Fall". Leonid, named by his radical union-organizing father after Leonid Brezhnev), is asked by a shady P.I. from Albany to identify four men whose only connection is a decades old tragic event from their teenage years. As soon as their identities are revealed they start to die. At the same time, Leonid's step-son seems to have gotten himself mixed up in some bad business and Leonid tries to help his son out before the young teen digs himself a hole he can't crawl out of. Last, one of Leonid's former mob connections tries to get Leonid to locate a former mob-accountant. Leonid knows that finding this man will lead to his death. The story tracks each plot line until each one find some sort of resolution.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Walter's new hero a work in progress 12 July 2010
By Nick
Format:Paperback
As a big fan of Walter Moseley's earlier creations, Easy Rawlins, Fearless Jones and Socrates Fortlow, I was looking forward to a new creation. Leonid McGill ticks all the boxes but whilst he and his family are interesting creations I found this story a bit confuseing at times. I will stick with him for the next book and hope that things pick up a bit. Not bad, but he has written better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Effort from a fine writer 24 Jun 2010
By Mark
Format:Paperback
Walter Mosely has written many excellent books. I thought this one was very poor. It felt like a story he had shelved, with good reason, but gone back to finish. The main character is stereotypical detective fair. I though the baggage he was saddled with; failed/failing marriage, girlfriend, constant reference to his 'shady' past(the dream sequence was mentioned multiple times needlessly), and boxing skills were unoriginal.

As was the addition, once again, of the superhuman killer friend/sidekick.(Robert B Parker has a lot to answer for there...)The mystery at the heart of the book was obvious and the oddball rich family unbelievable in every respect. The ending was rushed and contrived as were most of the relationships. Overall this was avery poor book from an experienced writer like Mosely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stella 4 Sep 2013
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Another stellar contribution by Mosley. Keeps to his hi standards as we can expect with a star and his edgs
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5.0 out of 5 stars a new hero 7 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Walter Mosley has revealed a new hero. An easy Rawlings for today. A deeply flawed man with a history of bad deeds. However he is trying to get better. He cares for his kids of whom two are not his because his wife slept around. The story involves him finding four guys for a shady detective from Albany. The four men turn up dead Leonid is attacked himself and the story develops from there. It is well written, the dialogue is razor sharp and we are talking cut-throat razor here not a three blade plastic handled shaver for a woman's legs. The plot is complicated and not complicated like the feelings we have for ex girl friends. Enough of me trying out similes and images. This is a great story with a proper hero and there are at least three more to look forward to . Keep up the good work Walter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow-paced character driven mystery 28 Dec 2012
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Character driven PI novel hampered by slow pace and overly introspective passages. The resolution is straight out of Chandler but the character holds promise for future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new detective 29 Oct 2012
By JFR
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It starts with a bit of hesitation, however do persevere beyond the first few chapters and by page 40 you are hooked. Why does such an experienced author hesitate, even fumble some key descriptions of the new character? Because it is difficult to create a new character so full of detail, depth, alive. Yes, Walter Mosley is a very good writer, even if he writes in a less respected genre as detective novels are, and yet he finds if difficult to get us started. Not easy for anybody, and yet he manages.

Great new line of stories, hang onto Leonid Mcgill. It is worthy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class Modern Noir
Following the demise of the much loved Easy Rawlins, this book introduces a quite different and very promising new protagonist. Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by Jon
3.0 out of 5 stars Debut of a new character from Mosley
I was some way through this book before I discovered that it was the first in a new series by the author; there were so many references to events in the character's past life -... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by J. Mcdonald
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostley at its worst
This is Mosley's 10th book i've been reading and way behind the other ones.
Very confusing story.
Very predictable.
Too many characters. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Robrecht Berghmans
4.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Detective, Great Writing, a Little Redemption, and a Raymond...
" . . . that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2010 by Donald Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Detective, Great Writing, a Little Redemption, and a Raymond...
" . . . that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2010 by Donald Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars A move to the East coast
Leonid McGill is a detective in New York. A move by Walter Mosley from LA to the East Coast, also it's his first working detective. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2009 by Roger Huddle
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