Fear of the Dark

Fear of the Dark

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Fearless Jones and Paris Minton return in a high-velocity thriller about family, betrayal, and revenge. 'I'm in trouble, Paris.' Paris Minton has heard these words before. They mean only one thing: that his neck is on the line too. So when they are uttered by his lowlife cousin Ulysses S. Grant, Paris keeps the door to his bookshop firmly closed. With family like Ulysses - 'Useless' to everyone except his mother - who needs enemies? But trouble always finds an open window, and before long Paris is paying a call on his long-time friend and bodyguard, Fearless Jones. Criss-crossing the complicated landscape of 1950s Los Angeles, where a wrong look can get a black man killed, Paris and Fearless find desperate women, secret lives, and more than one dead body along the way. Walter Mosley serves up another taut mystery plot humming with brilliant characterisations, sharp dialogue and dark humour - a combination as fresh and zesty as ever. This is the third book in the series that began with Fearless Jones and Fear Itself. It is Mosley's favourite fictional territory, played with a lighter touch.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 215mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852429488
  • 9781852429485
  • 1,440,256

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"'This is classic noir territory, filled with unintentional heroes with the best intentions and dangerous dames; best of all are the rhythms and cadences of language on the page. A class act' Time Out 'This is Mosley's return to crime writing, and he slips back into the habit like a thirsty man taking a long cool drink... the countless twists make the novel as entertaining as the best Bogart thrillers' Guardian 'Fine, sinuous, and effortless to read' Daily Mail 'Mosley's downbeat, laconic style, his desert-dry wit and his congested plotting remain highly satisfying... for sheer exquisite writing, he's better than ever. Fear Itself... confirms Mosley as one of America's most gifted writers, of any genre' The Times 'The mystery is intriguing, but it's the interplay between the vividly drawn characters that makes this series so enjoyable' Sunday Telegraph 'This is a novel about the experience of being black in America, and therein lies its heart and its brilliance' John Harvey, Independent 'Walter Mosley packs his dialogue tight like a fist, but the economy of language is beautifully lifted by the blues cadences of the characters' dialect' Daily Telegraph"show more

About Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the author of over twenty critically acclaimed books and his work has been translated into twenty-one languages. His popular mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins began with Devil in a Blue Dress in 1990, which was later made into a film starring Denzel Washington. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in New York.show more

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4 43% (462)
3 24% (256)
2 4% (41)
1 0% (5)
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