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His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL , PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It's a name that takes a little explaining, but he's used to it. "Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man's family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see aboveground is only a hint at the real story."

Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, "decided to go from crooked to slightly bent."

New York City in the twenty-first century is a city full of secrets - and still a place that reacts when you know where to poke and which string to pull. That's exactly the kind of thing Leonid McGill knows how to do. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be constantly tested.

©2009 Walter Mosley (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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Not as good as Easy Rawlins

I'm a fan of Walter Mosley and his Easy Rawlins novels, so I was looking forward to a new character in a new mystery......Not as good, in my opinion. Good but not great - I just didn't feel as interested in Leonid McGill.

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I am N love!

It's been a while since I fell in love with a character. Mr. Leonid McGill is a self persecuted PI that believes he must atone for his past faults, and what woman wouldn't want a man with that much heart to do the right thing? The characters are believable and Mr. Mosley paints a picture so rich with colors and hues that you are drawn into this colorful and dangerous world.
I am on book 3 in less than 3 weeks! This is while working full time and taking 2 online classes.
Leonid come rescue me!

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Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Fall to be better than the print version?

Some great writers stand out on the page. Walter Mosley's language sings in the ear as well. And with Mirron Willis giving voice...

What did you like best about this story?

Leonid McGill fills all the tropes of the Noir Detective-- battered, morally compromised, a hard-drinking tough guy with a shady past still trying to do the right thing. This character is as old as Sam Spade and Philip Marlow, and very few writers ever bothered to step out of those great men's shade.
Walter Mosley doesn't just breathe new life into an old character, he gives us a powerful, believable, thoroughly 21st century recreation. McGill's struggles, triumphs and failures, his haunting and unique voice, resonate long after the stories end...

Which character – as performed by Mirron Willis – was your favorite?

McGill. Always McGill.

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Great narrator and I love the suspense.

Many times I saw what the written word could be limited in reflecting. I love the narrative aspect did.

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Read well. Written even better!

Excellent read! Course it's Walter Mosley. He knows how to get you to care about his characters to the point where you are almost emotionally invested.

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Loved it

Loved the action through out the book. I also loved how the author showed how Lenid McGill has a side of him that has compassion. Even he is a man of the streets of New York City.

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great story - one of my favorite series' to read/listen to. i really enjoy the narrator too.

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Love WM!

nuanced. you must pay attention. this is not mindless listening. so captivating that you'll walk 5 miles without even realizing it!

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The narrator was ok- his accents were pretty terrible. Story was alright. Not great, but decent.

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Solid read...Outstanding narration

Would you listen to The Long Fall again? Why?

Yes maybe after I finish the other books in the arc! Mosley captures the rhythm of New York and Mirron Willis delivers solid if not outstanding narration. I read a lot of this genre and I really liked this book. I has a solid plot and I loved the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Twill...for the same reasons his dad likes him!

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This is the first performance I have listened to by Willis. I will look for more

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot, the dialogue was very good. I cannot say that I was bought to tears.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and went right to "...Evil"

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Excellent, engrossing stoty

Really enjoyable. The narration was superb! Lots of interesting characters to wrap your head around, so you need to pay attention.

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  • 06-06-20

Mosley at his best

Compelling interwoven threads of stories coming together around LT. All the characters are very fully developed and when he goes down at tangent to fill in depth of a character you’re never sorry you heard it. The description of the inner workings of the main character are so solid and well described that sometimes it feels like you’re in his shoes. Super listening to this book.

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  • 12-15-21

Kept me riveted!

Brilliant author, terrific narrator, and an intriguing array of characters. I love how Mosley spices up the narrative with little splashes of back story and how he succeeds in consistently evoking the spirit of place and time relevant to the story.
A nod of gratitude to the Graham Norton Book Club for reminding me what a wonderful writer Mosley is.