Little Brown / TimeWarner
Date: July 2003
Grammy Nominations for
Best Spoken Word Album: FEAR ITSELF by Walter Mosley
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Historical suspense / African-American related
Notes: Profanity and sexual content
Fearless Jones Novel
Jones and his friend Paris Minton are my type of detectives. Unlikely
and seemingly thrust upon the scene, these two are meant to work
together. You quickly see where there friendship blossoms. This
second in the Fearless Jones series of murder/mystery/intrigue,
Fear Itself, kept me on the edge of my seat until its completion.
Although overly filled with lots of characters to keep track of,
the pace of the story compelled me to read it to completion in less
than 24 hours. The writing style of Mr. Mosley has always impressed
me and drawn me in, and this was no different. As popular as Easy
Rawlins is, Fearless Jones is sure to follow.
like being awakened with a loud rap on the door to start a good
mystery novel, and with the unlikely friendship forged between Fearless
and Paris, Paris certainly knew what that meant. 3:30am and trouble
weren't uncommon metaphors. Fear Itself jumps off on page
one and through the conversations and thought patterns of Fearless
and Paris, you're gripped. An innocent request bequeathed to Fearless
towards the whereabouts of or locating of a missing man inflates
rapidly and draws two unwilling, mostly unconnected people to its
complicated vortex. Fearless, you see, could best be described as
"simple." Not taken to much flash, he lived his life simply
and completely oblivious to most of his surroundings. He takes life
day by day and lives by simple principles. Don't mistake this simplicity
for weakness, though; he didn't come by the nickname of "Fearless"
If an injustice was being done, you would want
to be on the side of right with Fearless, for he's done reconnaissance
work for Uncle Sam and killing isn't above him, yet the peaceful
sleep of innocence finds Fearless every night. Paris is Fearless'
most trustworthy friend, and together with intelligence and innocence
they forge into a life neither of them belong in. Simply starting
with a request of a desperate woman to find the father of her child
mushrooms quickly into 316 pages of pure excitement.
will find every type of character in this book: the innocent, the
scared, the wicked, the conniving, and the contrived, each with
separate but intertwined agendas, masterfully unraveled by two of
the most unsuspecting and dubious people ever. Enjoy reading the
adventure of Fearless Jones as he stares and conquers Fear Itself.