• Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (586 ratings)

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Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

By: Walter Mosley
Narrated by: JD Jackson
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Publisher's Summary

Rose Gold is two colors, one woman, and a big headache.

In this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don't receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, "Rose Gold" will die - horribly and publicly. So the FBI, the State Department, and the LAPD turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the necessary borders to resolve this dangerous standoff. With twelve previous adventures since 1990, Easy Rawlins is one of the small handful of private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called immortal. Rose Gold continues his ongoing and unique achievement in combining the mystery/PI genre form with a rich social history of postwar Los Angeles - and not just the black parts of that sprawling city.

©2014 Walter Mosley (P)2014 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Set in L.A. during the height of the Vietnam War, Mosley's impressive 13th Easy Rawlins mystery (after 2013's Little Green) finds Roger Frisk, special assistant to the police chief, calling on Easy with a job... Easy's experiences and insights perfectly mirror the turbulent '60s." ( Publishers Weekly, starred)
"Mosley has few peers when it comes to crafting sentences, and he's woven some beauties into this swift-moving yet philosophical story that does more for illustrating an iconic period than hours of documentary film could. This Easy Rawlins novel harks back to the great early days of the series." ( Booklist, starred)

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Glad to have Easy Rawlins and Mouse back on the scene. They were missed.

Rose Gold was a good story and true to the Easy Rawlins style of story. It felt like the return of an old friend.

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The narrator has a tin ear

The story's good and workmanlike, though Mosley seems to work harder on foreshadowing than delivering the ominously-predicted fallout of taking the case. It's a good walk though issues of race and gender and poverty, not to mention the mystery itself, tangled lives and so on. The narrator is good with the voices of the characters (when he remembers to distinguish them), and reads at a good pace and with an appreciation for the material . . . but somehow manages to fail to catch Mosley's rhythm. Every few paragraphs has another miscue, failure of emphasis, wrong-footedness. There's a difference in emphasis between "I pulled on my t-shirt" and "I pulled on the rope."

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Good story weak ending.

I loved the story it had many twist and turns, kept me interested until the weak ending. But I'm a huge Walter Mosley fan!

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great read.....loved it<br />

narration was fantastic felt like I was there in the story instead of reading the story

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Rose is Gold.

This was really a great story. Many twist and what I like is how things came together. Good job!

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Narrator was excellent. I was feeling all of it.

My expectations were met and then some. would have liked to hear more from mouse.

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Satisfying, complex plot

I'm on my third listen of this and all the books in the &amp;quot;Easy Rawlins&amp;quot; series. Just as I once could not get enough of Louis L'Amour novels, I find myself equally satisfied with the Los Angeles inner city drama and detective work of Easy Rawlins. Each book progressively entertains as it travels from post WWII to 1968 Los Angeles life within the black inner city. The language slowly transforms from raw and gritty to sophisticated speech as &amp;quot;Easy&amp;quot; self educates himself via voracious reading and &amp;quot;street survival&amp;quot; as a developing self taught detective. Walter Mosley is a gifted writer who amazes me with his grasp of language. He mixes &amp;quot;street language&amp;quot; with Ebonics, similes, metaphors, and hyperboles to create a vivid picture of most every scene. I'm impressed with Mr. Mosley. I expect to reread this series over and over again. The narrator is good but I like Michael Boatman, the original narrator of the series, the best.

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Easily the best Easy Rawlins mystery yet.

What made the experience of listening to Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery the most enjoyable?

So many things. I think what I enjoyed most was that Easy finally seems to be gaining a clearer picture of what he wants his life to be about. He's got a direction.

What other book might you compare Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery to and why?

There aren't any, really. Easy Rawlins is his own character. Sure, he's a detective of sorts, but he's so much more than that. What he really is, I believe is an observer and a chronicler of his own evolution and the society he is evolving within.

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't know that I had a favorite. The book, though it has plenty of action, is also evenly written. The flow is very much like the main character himself: Easy.

Who was the most memorable character of Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery and why?

Always, it's Easy Rawlins.

Any additional comments?

Get the book. But buy it last. Listen to every Easy Rawlins story in order and when you get to this one, know that you've saved the best for last. But hopefully there's more to come.

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Good Story

I love the narrator of this book. He is able to place me right in the story. Well done. The story was good, not Mosleys best. It was predictable, which doesn't typically happen for me with Mosley. However I love his work and look forward to the next piece.

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Fantastic

This was another excellent book by J. K. Rowling.
The story had many twists and turns and problems to solve.
Easy was fantastic.