Blood Grove

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Pub Date 02 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 02 Mar 2021

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"Master of craft and narrative" Walter Mosley returns with this crowning achievement in the Easy Rawlins saga, in which the iconic detective's loyalties are tested on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California (National Book Foundation) 

It is 1969, and flames can be seen on the horizon, protest wafts like smoke though the thick air, and Easy Rawlins, the Black private detective whose small agency finally has its own office, gets a visit from a white Vietnam veteran. The young man comes to Easy with a story that makes little sense. He and his lover, a beautiful young woman, were attacked in a citrus grove at the city’s outskirts. He may have killed a man, and the woman and his dog are now missing. Inclined to turn down what sounds like nothing but trouble, Easy takes the case when he realizes how damaged the young vet is from his war experiences—the bond between veterans superseding all other considerations.
The veteran is not Easy’s only unlooked-for trouble. Easy’s adopted daughter Feather’s white uncle shows up uninvited, raising questions and unsettling the life Easy has long forged for the now young woman. Where Feather sees a family reunion, Easy suspects something else, something that will break his heart.
Blood Grove is a crackling, moody, and thrilling race through a California of hippies and tycoons, radicals and sociopaths, cops and grifters, both men and women. Easy will need the help of his friends—from the genius Jackson Blue to the dangerous Mouse Alexander, Fearless Jones, and Christmas Black—to make sense of a case that reveals the darkest impulses humans harbor. 
Blood Grove is a novel of vast scope and intimate insight, and a soulful call for justice by any means necessary.
"Master of craft and narrative" Walter Mosley returns with this crowning achievement in the Easy Rawlins saga, in which the iconic detective's loyalties are tested on the sun-soaked streets of...

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In a nutshell, another winner from Mosley. Reading an Easy Rawlings novel is like visiting an old friend, recounting his noir stories, in a bygone LA. I love them, and this installment is another enthralling ride.

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Any new Easy Rawlins novel is an *event.* Happy to feature the latest in February’s edition of Novel Encounters, my monthly column roundup up the top new fiction titles for Zoomer magazine’s Books section.
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Easy Rawlins is back. This time Mosley’s iconic private eye is tasked with unraveling a mystery that begins when a PTSD-damaged Vietnam War vet asks his help in unraveling a mystery. It’s LA, 1969. The vet spins a story that makes little sense. He stumbles on a physical confrontation between a man and a woman in an isolated blood orange grove and he might have killed the attacker. Or maybe it’s simply another of the vivid combat flashbacks that plague the young man. Regardless, the girl is missing. Easy reluctantly takes on the case and, of course, enlists the help of Mouse, Fearless, and the other characters that populate his world. Blood Grove is dark and convoluted and so very well written. Highly recommended.

DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series

This review copy was received from Mulholland Books.

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