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Fearless Jones (Kindle Edition)

By Walter Mosley

Fearless Jones (Kindle Edition)

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Started reading:
Sun Dec 20, 2009
Finished reading:
Tue Jan 5, 2010
Type

mystery

Review

Rating: 7

Even before sultry Elana Love walks into mild-mannered Paris Minton’s life three months after his Watts bookstore opens, Mosley can’t resist his signature scene: A pair of cops stroll into the shop determined to push Paris around just because he’s a black man and it’s 1954. But the trouble they spell is slow-burning compared to Elana’s entrance a month later, when her search for Rev. William Grove, late head of the neighboring Messenger of the Divine flock, is interrupted by Leon Douglas, the violent ex-con determined to get his hands on the 10,000-franc bond his ex-cellmate, embezzler Sol Tannenbaum, left in Elana’s custody to pay for his protection in the big house. In a whirlwind opening movement that ranks as Mosley’s most accomplished, Leon chases Elana and Paris en route to Sol’s; Elana beds Paris and leaves him high and dry in Venice Beach; Paris returns to find his bookstore burned to the ground; and Sol becomes the first of a dozen casualties. Fight fire with fire, thinks Paris, and promptly bails out his own secret weapon, Fearless Jones, who goes up against assorted thieves, killers, crooked cops, and Nazi swindlers with a ferocity that soon communicates itself to his inoffensive friend.
— from books.google.com

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