Mosley's best-known detective, Easy Rawlins, is up against demons, both
self-conjured and external, in his 10th adventure. His choice to have Easy travel through the decades and age, as opposed to staying in one era, is brilliant and gives him the chance to trace the highly charged racial politics of L.A. -- indeed, of the U.S. in general -- and watch his complex, self-examining hero grow and develop. The ending will knock your socks off.
When a Vietnam vet friend desposits his daughter on Easy's doorstep and disappears, Easy knows there's trouble. When he searches for his pal, Christmas Black, he meets some shady characters. Meanwhile, his sidekick, Mouse, has disappeared. Mouse is accused of murder, and his wife asks Easy to find him before the cops do.
Easy traverses the black, white and in-between worlds of 1967 L.A., searching for his friends and confronting racism, overt and covert, and despair over the loss of the love of his life. (LITTLE, BROWN, Oct., 320 pp., $25.99)