Leonid McGill is a man with a past, much of which he'd like to forget. However, the critics enjoyed their time spent with Leonid McGill and his dysfunctional entourage, and they look forward to more. He's deceived and he deceives. Lots of it not available to the average tourist And I like how well grounded Mosley makes McGill. I had to get a copy of The Long Fall. Something dramatic needs to happen as far as his marriage goes, and he needs to move on from his constant harping on his regrets into a more positive life attitude. The kids are for the most part grown up.
Fore edges have a small amount of reading wear. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. These Leonid McGill mysteries are great reads for the crime mystery lover who likes to feel like they know the main character personally by the end of the first book. All the multiple story lines with the exception of those involving the Herod marriage and love life were tidily tied up. I'm not sure how Mosley pulled it off, but its feat to be admired and not tried by amateurs. 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 Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs. However, the end on this one felt a little too contrived.
But some are attempting to influence the narrative of John Woman, and they might know something about the facts of his hidden past. Spenser never raised a family, but McGill must protect a whole brood of kids, only some of whom share both his name and his bloodline. This series, which Mosley has predicted will go on until a tenth, has staying power because McGill is so different than, say, Easy Rawlins. That's what they think about when somebody's credit goes bad or there's an accident on the road: somebody veered off the straight and narrow. It is about a ex-con who is barely surviving in L. I had none of those concerns here. .
After a change of pace, I'll listen to the next McGill book. Parker hit his stride with Spenser during another recession, after Vietnam and Watergate had upset the national notion of morality. What strikes me about Leonid in this tale is that, despite hi When last we talked about Leonid McGill, I worried that he and his world were too similar to those of the Easy Rawlins mysteries set on the opposite coast and 50 or 60 years prior. If he needs to track down someone or something, all he has to do is call the greatest computer wizard in this history of computer wizardry who is at McGill's beck and call and who can break into any computer system anytime, anywhere and extract the information that McGill needs. I don't think I could handle 5 in a row. But perhaps this is simply because I have such high expectations of Mosley based on the earlier series.
His hit man, Hush, could be a descendant of Easy's hair-trigger partner in unpredictability, Mouse, and the femme at the center of Leonid's muck-ridden investigation is a hipper, more naive cousin of similar ladies from Easy's detective past. He's complex, conflicted, witty, smart and charismatic. Related Links Read a Review of the first book in this Series: The Long Fall. He's still in it with Known to Evil! Mosley's writing is masterful, spare, powerful, exciting. Perhaps this is what genre writers do in the dead of night, while staking out a case. I had pretty much no idea who was who, what was going on, or why any of it mattered at any point during this audio book, but I did appreciate the hard-boiled noir aspects. Mosley is one of the best crime writers around today.
Much like the author, he gives everything he has, and then he adds a bit more. The discovery launches McGill into a free-wheeling investigation in which he bounces like a pinball from high-priced lawyers to building supers to sex-slavers, all the while pretending to more identities than can be found in the Manhattan phone directory. McGill finds not the girl but a murder scene. You comin' to a rise, but when you hit the top there's another life up ahead of you and here you are -- just about spent. Meanwhile, one of his sons seems to have found true love - but the girl has a shady past that's all of sudden threatening the whole McGill family.
It seems a young woman has disappeared, leaving murder in her wake, and it means everything to Rinaldo to track her down. This book builds on the promise of the first McGill book, developing both the mystery and the lead character in the ways all us Mosley fans expect. Maybe I just feel that Mosley relies a little too heavily on taking the easy way out. However, my son is a huge Walter Mosley fan, so I picked up Known to Evil for him from the remainder table at the local bookstore. It seems a young woman has disappeared, leaving murder in her wake, and it means everything to Rinaldo to track her down. I'm not sure if it exists, and I hope it doesn't, and I admire Leonid McGill for navigating and surviving it. In and around this assignment, McGill has to fend off an accountant who wants to throw him out of his luxurious office suite and he's got to track down his two sons, one of which has become involved with a very dangerous woman.
The only problem with the series for me is the relationship with his philandering wife. All of this will lead to some very long days and nights for our intrepid hero. With the setting as I mentioned in my review of book 1, The Long Fall based in New York City, ther My favorite Mosley work has been Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. I finished listening to the whole story though since I always like to give a story a chance. In Known to Evil, we join Leonid McGill again, and this time, his personal relationships are even more complex. A meeting set up at a quiet, out-of-the-way cemetery turns violent when a called-in favor produces untold carnage at a hit man's behest.
He is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series among many other books. Mosley balances the two storylines extremely well. Most importantly with this book - the accents are abominable and un-ingnorable!!! He puts others ahead of himself, and he takes to the streets with reckless abandon. As both plots career towards a thrilling finale, McGill must put his street know-how and book of lethal contacts to the test, while haunted by the reappearance of a face from his crooked past and his wife Katrina's continued infidelities. He has the ups and downs drama that he has to face on the job.
I didn't take any of the story seriously. Mosley is practically the only author I buy in hardcover every time because he is a flipping genius and I worship him. But on their steamy bayou excursion, Mouse chooses murder as a way out, while Easy's past liaison with EttaMae floats precariously in his memory. Lenoid's home life continues to fascinate me. The fight scenes were described with such arrogance it almost mocked the lead character. For my money, quite literally, one of the very best authors writing today. However, the critics enjoyed their time spent with Leonid McGill and his dysfunctional entourage, and they look forward to more.