Synopsis

Watts is smoldering in ruins-and the cops are on Easy Rawlins’s doorstep. Easy expects the worst, as usual. But, incredibly, they’re asking for his help. A redheaded woman known as Little Scarlet had sheltered a man during the riots. Witnesses later saw him fleeing her building; not long after, Little Scarlet was found viciously murdered. Now, with his old friend Mouse at his side, Easy follows the case’s single clue across Los Angeles. The missing man is the key, but he’s only the beginning. Hidden in the heart of the city is a killer whose red-hot rage is as fierce as the fires that rocked L.A.

Review

Little Scarlet is a beautifully candid piece of work.
Walter Mosley has created a story that describes not only the riots and events associated with the Watts Rebellion, but also the emotional and mental effects of the uprising while taking the reader on a thrilling journey with a murder mystery.

Easy Rawlins is completely brought to life in all of his imperfect gloriousness. He is a complex protagonist who evolves as he struggles through the stress of the uprising, causing morality issues surrounding love, lust, new-found power, and death. The emotional trauma caused by the death of ‘Little Scarlet’only amplifies as the case progresses.

It really can’t be stressed enough how raw this novel is, making it something you just can’t put down. From the main case to the smallest details, everything written by Mr. Mosley only enhances the experience.

Whether you are a lover of epic fantasy, contemporary romance or even horror, Walter Mosley will make you fall in love with his novel.

*This novel can be read as a standalone (as I read it), or as Book #9 in the “Easy Rawlins” series*

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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