Farewell, Amethystine


By Walter Mosley

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From “master of the genre” (Washington Post) Walter Mosley, Detective Easy Rawlins’ latest client sends him down a warren of memory and nostalgia—blinding him to reason and risk.

January 1970 finds Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, LA’s premier Black detective, at 50 years of age despite all expectations.  He has a loving family, a beautiful home, and a thriving investigation agency.  All is right with the world… and then Amethystine Stoller, his own personal Helen of Troy, arrives. Her ex-husband is missing. A simple enough case. But even as Easy takes his first step in the investigation he trips.  He falls into the memory of things past. Little things, like loss, love, a world war, and a hunger that has eaten at him since he was a Black boy on his own on the streets of Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas.

The missing ex, a young white man named Curt Fields, is found dead. Easy’s only real friend in the LAPD, Melvin Suggs, has gone into hiding rather than allow his femme fatale wife to go to the gas chamber.  And that’s only the beginning.

Easy finds himself pressed into a reckoning. All of his success cannot succor his heart. The 1970’s have ushered in new expectations of men and women, Black and White, and Easy has to make a choice that will almost certainly hasten a permanent descent, one that might sunder his soul.

  • "As always with Mosley, the prose is succinct, nearly mathematical in its precise balance, with sudden moments of restless beauty…The space that Mosley occupies in literature is distinctly his own.”
    E.A. Aymar, The Washington Post
  • "The main attraction of the Easy Rawlins novels is the superb prose. Mosley’s dialogue, much of it straight out of Watts and Compton, is pitch perfect, and some passages have the sensuous rhythm of a basement slow dance.”
    Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press
  • “A beautiful and intriguing woman sends Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins down a handful of more-than puzzling rabbit holes when she asks him to find her missing ex-husband in 1970s LA. Mosley’s singular, stellar, hard-boiled private investigator shines irresistibly once again.”
    Boston Globe
  • "This is another masterful mystery from Mosley, worth reading twice."
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • "As in previous entries, the twists and turns of the investigation take a back seat to Easy’s emotional journey, and Mosley sheds keen light on the difficulties of navigating life in America as a Black man….Mosley’s fans will enjoy themselves."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "A prelude to a potentially fresh—and dangerous—chapter in Rawlins’ life. Things are never simple for Easy Rawlins. But his creator remains a master of the genre."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "Evocative of both classic noir and 1970s Los Angeles, Mosley's latest Easy Rawlins story (following Blood Grove, 2021) offers wisdom about human connections folded smoothly into page-turning action. Readers will find a bolstering escape in Rawlins’ world, which is constructed of densely woven loves, grudges, and debts and infused with abiding optimism."
    Christine Tran, Booklist, STARRED
  • "For fans of long-running PI series, historical mysteries, missing persons, and the mob! You can always count on Mosley for a deep dive into characters with a solid mystery case investigated from beginning to end.”
    Jamie Canaves, Book Riot

On Sale
Jun 4, 2024
Page Count
400 pages
Mulholland Books

Walter Mosley

About the Author

WALTER MOSLEY is one of America’s most celebrated writers. He was given the 2020 National Book Award’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, and honored with the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Robert Kirsch Award, numerous Edgars, and several NAACP Image Awards. His work is translated into 25 languages.  He has published fiction and nonfiction in The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Nation. As an executive producer, he adapted his novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, for AppleTV+ and serves as a writer and executive producer for FX’s “Snowfall.”

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