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`Cause Nice and Easy does it . . . one more time. 3.5 stars,
This review is from: Little Green: Easy Rawlins 12 (Hardcover)
Actually, in the case of Walter Mosley's latest Easy Rawlins' series, it would be more appropriate to say Mouse and Easy does it one more time.
When last we left Easy, and when Little Green opens, he was clinging to life after having driven off the cliff on the Coast Highway. It could have been accidental or could have been the result of an alcohol-fueled despondency after breaking up with the love of his life. In a light coma, Easy wakes up and before he can even walk, his best friend Mouse has him starting on his next assignment: find the young missing son of a woman `friend' of his. He was last seen hanging out with some "hippies dropping acid" in downtown Los Angeles (the book is set in the heyday of the `hippie' 60s). What follows is Easy's attempt to find the young man while he can barely walk. Of course Easy soon finds himself in the middle of intrigue involving sex, drugs, and murder.
Mosley is a fine writer and Little Green is no exception. One of the best parts of the series is to see how it has played out over time. When Easy was first introduced it was post-WWII L.A. and now we find Easy in the middle of the 60s. Times have changed and Mosley does an admirable job portraying those changes and the challenges that still remain. The story line is pretty good and the little tricks and turns can come as a surprise. All in all Little Green is well worth reading. There are some holes in the plot or some things that make it hard to suspend disbelief (the special juice Easy drinks for example just did not work for me). But any fan of Mosley generally or the Easy Rawlins stories specifically (and I am and remain one) will not let these little holes get in the way of enjoying the book. Good job.