Black Betty

Black Betty For most black Americans these were times of hope For former P I Easy Rawlins Los Angeles s mean streets were never meaneror deadly Ordinarily Easy would have thrown the two bills in the sleaz

  • Title: Black Betty
  • Author: Walter Mosley
  • ISBN: 9780743451789
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1961 For most black Americans, these were times of hope For former P.I Easy Rawlins, Los Angeles s mean streets were never meaneror deadly Ordinarily, Easy would have thrown the two bills in the sleazy shamus face the white man who wanted him to find the notorious Black Betty, an ebony siren whose talent for all things rich and male took her from Houston s1961 For most black Americans, these were times of hope For former P.I Easy Rawlins, Los Angeles s mean streets were never meaneror deadly Ordinarily, Easy would have thrown the two bills in the sleazy shamus face the white man who wanted him to find the notorious Black Betty, an ebony siren whose talent for all things rich and male took her from Houston s Fifth Ward to Beverly Hills There was too much Easy wasn t being told, but he couldn t resist the prospect of seeing Betty again, even if it killed him.

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    • Walter Mosley

      Walter Mosley b 1952 is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins, as well as numerous other works, from literary fiction and science fiction to a young adult novel and political monographs His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O Henry Award, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, a Grammy, and PEN America s Lifetime Achievement Award He lives in New York City.

    765 thoughts on “Black Betty

    • Walter Mosley is a experience for me. Never heard of him and never would have except for GR. He seemed like an author I ought to read although out of my normal realm. I am one of those infamous white males. Mosey writes about Easy Rawlins, a black guy immersed in a black milieu of 1960s Los Angeles. So I go to my favorite online used book dealer, alibris , to buy some books in the Easy Rawlins series. As is often the case, the first book in a series is not available used and cheap. Everyone wan [...]


    • A Book Drenched In History January 9, 2003Review by Judith W. ColomboWalter Mosley doesn't just write mysteries. He creates a historical landscape peopled with vibrant and authentic characters who like most of us are flawed and lacking in some way. "Black Betty" is Mosley at his best. The mystery is enthralling and many layered, the atmosphere electric, and the villains exquisitely evil.The time is 1961 the era of Martin Luther King, John Kennedy, and the beginning of The Civil rights movement. [...]


    • Wonderfully convoluted as always, this adventure finds Easy Rawlins at his worst; an angry man who makes bad decisions that get people killed. Yet as ever he displays those characteristics which make him a likable noir hero, a willingness to put his life on the line for his beliefs and the pursuit of what's right and true and justice and all that other stuff.Whilst Mosley is as formulaic as ever there's something infinitely readable about these books, unlike other too predictable authors in the [...]


    • With Black Betty, Mosley delivers what you'd expect from an Easy Rawlins mystery if you came to it having already read a few others such as I had. The crime to be solved is made to seem convoluted but ultimately turns out to be relatively simple. Yet as with each book in this series it isn't really about the plot. It's about Easy's singular way of seeing and evaluating and dealing with the people he encounters along the way, his perspective on a period of time that seems both long ago and immedi [...]


    • This was a reread for me( the first time I read this was in the early 2000's) and I loved it even more this time around. I had forgotten all the juice that was taken place in this book. all the scandal and hurt. And then there's Easy, getting himself into trouble trying to help people. This time looking for a love (more like school boy crush) that has gone missing and her employer is looking for her and will stop at nothing, and I mean just that, to find her again. This one was probably the sadd [...]


    • Well, it seems that RLT Reads Book Club has gone straight to hell in a hand basket. I know some of it was my fought. Over the last two years my health has been a handful and I have been off my reading game and not able to keep up. Trying to balance my health and all of RLT Brands is two full time jobs wrapped up into one. But I made an executive decision over this past holiday; to take some time for me. Life is to short to not do some of what you enjoy. So I'm back to my favorite pass time on th [...]


    • What a spectacular book! I have no idea how Walter Mosley does it! Once again, Walter Mosley has put together another one of his amazing mystery-crime novels, and this time, I think that he has done his absolute best so far. This man simply knows how to write mystery novels, and he does it in a way unlike any other mystery book I have read. This novel, "Black Betty", is part of the "Easy Rawlins Mystery Series", and it is the fourth book in the series. Like his previous books in the series, this [...]


    • Walter Mosley manages to be an extraordinarily prolific writer but at the same time one of great quality, who has shown equal facility in tough but politically and socially literate crime writing and also in witty and wise post-modern science-fiction.Black Betty is a fine demonstration of his craft. His particular skill is in weaving the world into his tales. The mystery is well-constructed and satisfyingly tangled, featuring multiple murders, corruption and racial and class divisions. However t [...]


    • This book was entertaining, however don't look for much depth in the Easy Rawlins novels. Mosley tend to talk too much about how hard it is to be a black man in 1950's LA but you never really feel the anguish. Easy's situations are too far fetched. It's simply not believable. These feeling may have come out because I've read a few too many Easy Rawlin's novels and frankly its hard to differentiate between them. Standard formula: woman in trouble in black part of town because she has messed aroun [...]


    • The most complex and very good. However, very very dark. Innocence cannot be preserved on any level. Easy is so smart but he is full of uncontrolled demons. Only his children save him from his worst impulses. He seems to pursue justice to spite the universe rather than to help, especially since victory against bad guys is temporary and the saved are rarely deserving except for perhaps possessing charm, beauty or bruised trustfulness.



    • This is the first book by Walter Mosley I've read, didn't realize it was Book #4, now I have to go back and read the rest! The story takes place in Los Angeles in 1961, Easy Rawlins is approached by a white man who is looking for Black Betty. Easy knew her when is was a child in Houston and was quite "taken" by the woman. It turns out "Black Betty has been working for a rich family named Cain and when old man Cain "died" she disappear.This is just one of the story lines his good friend "Mouse" h [...]


    • White, black, green, we all bleed red is the theory. Still, for all that, the preponderance of blood splashed about the pages of Walter Mosley’s Black Betty has spilled from fatal wounds inflicted upon black people. Mosley’s trouble-magnet narrator Easy Rawlins is wry, sentimental, a gentleman of the O.G. (older gallant) tradition, a bit of a brute when blunt force or an urgent kiss is called for, with a short-fused hair-trigger for the white man’s dipshitery. Nothing in Black Betty turns [...]


    • I'm not quite sure how to rate this one. I more than just "liked it," because it's hard not to become involved in the lives of Mosley's complex, beaten-down characters and admire the writer who is able to write a simple mystery plot three dimensionally. Easy Rawlins is not the only real person in this book; all of them seem like flesh and blood humans. Mosley manages to create real characters while also giving Easy's voice a genuine noir cadence, which sounds authentic to Easy rather than being [...]


    • Set in 1961 in Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins, a former private investigator who specializes in finding people that need to be found in the black community, is hired on to find an old acquaintance of his, Black Betty. Easy isn’t the only one who is looking for her. Betty was working as a house keeper for a wealthy family, whose patriarch was murdered—the same man who has fathered her children. As Easy is investigating, Betty’s family members start dying as he unveils a conspiracy involving the [...]


    • I love Easy Rawlins. He is honorable and courageous, able to show his vulnerability, loving and loyal, especially with his wonderful kids and his friends (not all so wonderful). That said, I think I have to stop reading the series for awhile. The world in which Easy lives is so vicious and violent that it casts a darkness over your life when you're reading the books. I've read chronologically the first five in the series, which are set in Texas and LA from WWII to the presidency of JFK and the c [...]


    • Probably the best Easy Rawlins book I've read, either this one or Devil In A Blue Dress. I do wish Mosley would ease off the B plots and deep background to just focus on the murder mystery. That's what prevented me from giving it a half star. Still a very good book from a very good series.


    • I find Mosley's books very entertaining and easy to read. I'm still not sure what to think of his treatment of gender, but I should think he's a lot better on women than other writers of noowah, and he's a LOT better on race.I recognised the structure of this story -- millions of things happening to an increasingly stressed out, bleedy dude who is cynical but secretly wants to do good -- from pretty much all of Terry Pratchett's Watch books. Vimes is a noir detective! How funny that I might neve [...]


    • Technically I listened to a BBC radio play dramatization of this, but whatever I'm counting it as reading the book. The character Easy Rawlins was really interesting and the mystery was intriguing. I had a few quibbles with the radio play version (some of the acting was not good, and it felt like the action was too condensed) but I'm 100% sure these are not faults of the book. Definitely intrigued to read more books featuring this detective!


    • another of the Easy Rawlins stories. Interesting characters, thoughtfully used to illustrate deeper social conditions and relationships, especially racial. But without really beating you over the head with it. You root for some, you hope some get the come-uppance they deserve. Only on a rare occasion, do they slip a little into charicature, or stereotype.


    • Love the atmosphere Mosley creates of post-war (WWII) LA. Had a bit of trouble keeping the characters straight, but as the conclusion approached, they all came together. Very good mystery/detective book. Because several of the characters use dialect in their speech, I would love to listen to these books. Sometimes I have to slow down to read that.


    • I haven't read this series before, and I figured after reading an interview with Mosley, why not? Clarke Peters plays Easy in this audio version. While the mystery is somewhat easy to figure out, huge points for not making it a fairy tale race story. Harsh, and good because of that.


    • WALTER MOSLEY IS BY FAR THE BEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN DETECTIVE WRITER. EASY RAWLINS IS HIS BEST CHARACTER AND HIS BEST SERIES, BUT BLACK BETTY TAKES A CLOSE 2ND FOR HIS CHARACTERS. THIS IS HIS BEST BOOK SO FARERE SHOULD BE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOKSHELF!!!


    • I love the way Walter Mosley depicts the time of the 50s and 60s. He described places I visit now in LA during this time. And you find yourself wondering… Great book. Read the complete serious when you can, you’ll embrace the characters.



    • One of the Easy Rawlins series. Read this immediately after the Socrates books - and I think I like Mosley's ex-con short stories more! But I'm a fan of just about anything he's written.



    • What can I say? I am a Walter Mosely FAN!!! I have read just about EVERYthing he published. I especially like the Easy Rawlins stories. i wish they would do more movies of his work too.


    • Black Betty reminded me of classic Ross Macdonald novels that revolve around buried, hidden family secrets that re-surface and are the key to understanding the crime. The novel is well written, structured, and plotted. My complaint is that while Mosley keeps the characters under control, explains everything, and wraps all the issues and problems up into a neat, tidy bundle, there are too many characters with important parts in a book of 255 pages. I appreciate the difficulty of keeping track of [...]


    • Every time I finish a Walter Mosley book I'm sad. Sad to leave the characters behind. Sad because I'm that much closer to completing his body of work. I've read many of these books out of sequence, it has not hampered my enjoyment. I encourage you to pick up any of his work and just dive into his world. We can sort out the chronology later.


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