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Fearless Jones : a novel
Walter Mosley
Adult Fiction MOSLEY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

HAbandoning the voice of his premier creation, Easy Rawlins, Mosley mines a new shaft of 1950s Los Angeles with a hero who combines the principles of Easy with the deadliness of Ray "Mouse" Alexander. The result is a violent, heroic and classic piece of noir fiction. Narrator Paris Minton is an appealing figure an easygoing black man for whom the written word is salvation and whose nameless used bookstore in Watts is paradise. Then the beautiful Elana Love enters his store and brings with her more trouble than Paris has ever seen enough trouble that Paris knows his only hope is his friend Fearless Jones. A former soldier, Jones is a riveting new creation. He's a man of both principle and action with an innate sense of justice and as his name makes clear, he's afraid of nothing. The novel rips along with a hunt for the girl and a race among competing factions to find a missing bond that's the key to a fortune. For the black characters it's a desperate struggle to stay alive in a white world where the deck is stacked. One sly reference tells the reader we're still in the same world and time inhabited by Easy Rawlins, and that Fearless and Mouse are equally "bad." But Fearless is also a knight-errant and hopefully destined for further adventures as fine as this one. (June 5) Forecast: With a 20-city author tour and major advertising, Mosley's first thriller since 1996's A Little Yellow Dog is sure to generate lots of interest and sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Everything is going fine for Paris Minton: he has his own used book store turning a profit and hassles from the LAPD are not too hard to handle. The setting is Watts in the early 1950s, when few blacks own businesses and overt racism and police brutality are a terrible fact of life. A beautiful woman named Elana Love comes bursting into Minton's bookstore looking for a preacher from a church down the street. She is followed shortly by a violent, threatening man wanting to know which way she went. The situation is soon completely out of control: the bookstore is burned to the ground, very nasty bad guys are cropping up everywhere, and several innocent people are murdered. Clearly needing help, Minton arranges bail for his good friend Fearless Jones a well-named character who will remind Mosley's many fans of Mouse from the Easy Rawlins's novels. Patrons who have been waiting for Mosley to return to hard-boiled mystery writing will rejoice to meet Paris and Fearless. Reader Peter Francis James does a wonderful job with the voices in the story; the transition from one cassette to another is smoothed with some very cool jazz. A terrific production, recommended for all mystery collections. Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Paris Minton
African American
Mild-mannered; cowardly; used bookstore owner.

Fearless Jones
African American
Compassionate; principled; sweet-natured.

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