THE LONG FALL
To introduce his newest creation, Mosley heads east to present-day New York, the home of P.I. Leonid McGill, who not only has seen it all, he's done most of it too. Now in his 50s, he's trying to go "from crooked to slightly bent." Like the author's other creations, McGill promises to be another multifaceted character surrounded by a cast of attention-grabbing players. Mosley does a terrific job of setting up
the series, and you know he's barely scratched the surface.
Leonid is attempting to start anew and trying to stick to the right side of the law -- or at least not cross the line as often. When he's asked by another P.I. to find four men who were childhood friends -- the only clues being their former street names -- he gets a bad feeling. But a man's got to put food on the table. In his chameleon-like way, Leonid uses several of his aliases, and when his ominous feelings turn into reality, he knows it's time to turn to some of his old contacts if he doesn't want to be the next victim. (RIVERHEAD, Apr., 320 pp., $25.95)