White Butterfly

White Butterfly

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It's 1956 and no one in official Los Angeles pays much attention when three black bar girls are murdered. But when a white stripper is similarly murdered and she turns out to be a UCLA coed and the daughter of a powerful LA prosecutor - all hell breaks loose. The LAPD calls on Easy Rawlins for help, for he can go places and do things the police cannot. Reluctantly, Easy accepts their plea and begins a deadly quest that takes him through the seedy jazz joints of Bone Street and the dingy rooms of Hollywood Row. It is a brutal, dangerous odyssey that jeopardizes his marriage and his life - and leads to a shocking conclusion.
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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 199.58g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852422831
  • 9781852422837

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?Watts, 1956. Young women of easy virtue are being murdered and mutilated in an especially repellent fashion. The police and the press pay little attention, as long as the victims are ?Negroes? but when a young white woman is similarly killed, the powers that be demand action. Problem is that the powers that be have little entree to the neighborhood. Sounds like a case for Easy Rawlins - the unlicensed, unofficial and very off-the-books black detective...? Los Angeles Times ?Times, leaders and heroes change...It seems somehow fitting that Bill Clinton?s favorite do-gooder is Easy Rawlins, a savvy, down-to-earth African-American private eye based in Los Angeles. In White Butterfly, good-time girls, corrupt politicians and other crime-novel fixtures are all in place. But Walter Mosley?s writing hums with the particular rhythms and blues of the black American experience. What makes these books special is their vivid portrayal of life in the side streets where Philip Marlow seldom ventured? Time
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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.
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