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Cinnamon Kiss
An Easy Rawlins Mystery

by Walter Mosely

      In this tenth offering of the adventures of Easy Rawlins, the private detective hasn't slowed down a single step. It's the mid-sixties, and he's as tough as ever with more experience, a wider group of allies, and a new type of crisis, a dying daughter.

Feather, Easy's adopted daughter is suffering from a blood disease that will kill her if it isn't treated. The cure is expensive, much more than Easy can afford and he is willing to do almost anything to raise the money. "Mouse," a shady acquaintance, offers Easy a piece of an armored car heist and a desperate Rawlins actually considers it. But Saul Lynx, a fellow private eye comes through with a legitimate offer to include Easy in a missing persons case.

The assignment is to find the whereabouts of a certain "street" attorney and his sometimes assistant, sometimes lover, Cinnamon Cargill. The client is interested in some documents thought to be in their possession. And so are others; others with criminal motives and lethal means.

Easy finds himself being pulled into a conspiracy that reaches back into history and produces dead bodies in the present. A killer in a snakeskin jacket has a bullet with Easy Rawlins written all over it. Easy calls in all of his resources to insulate him as he stalks the stalker; and it's almost not enough.

The setting for this story is the middle sixties that introduced the hippy generation, witnessed the birth of the civil rights movement, endured an unpopular war in southeast Asia, and ushered in the era of credit cards. Mosely skillfully weaves all of these events into the story to give it a sense of time and place. A master storyteller, Mosely quickly pulls the reader in to share Easy Rawlins' fear and pain for the life of his daughter and then follow him through the perilous path he takes to solve the riddle of Cinnamon.

It's typical Mosely from start to finish. Great plot, great dialogue, great characters, and written in Mosely's classic style. A winner.

The Book

Little, Brown / TimeWarner
Sept. 19, 2005
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The Reviewer

Dennis Collins
Reviewed 2005
NOTE: Reviewer Dennis Collins is the author of The Unreal McCoy.
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