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Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel

by Walter Mosley

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come on Mr. Mosley--you can do better than this. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
This book was different from what I'm used to by Mr. Mosley, and I liked the shift. In most of his books, there's an air of "Who Done It", and you have a main character trying to solve the mystery.

In Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore, there is a death, but instead of solving the mystery this time, it focuses more on the survivor, and her rebirth—a chance for a new life and a fresh start. It doesn't have pulse-pounding action, but it the story flows well, and is easy to follow. I definitely liked it, and would recommend it to others. ( )
  Kiera_loves_books | Jan 18, 2016 |
It is no secret. If you walked into my place, eye level on my book shelf are Walter Mosley novels. I started reading his work with the release of Devil In A Blue Dress, and have ready everything he has written to date (or at least like to believe I have). While Easy Rawlins is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, Debbie “Dare” Pinkney is one I would not mind seeing more of in the future.

What unfolds inMosley’s, Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore, is the depressing tale of a thirty-one-year old woman who makes her living in the porn industry. After a bizarre day of filming, Debbie returns home to find her husband, Theon –a once famous porn star-turned film maker– dead. He’s been electrocuted. The camera he’d set up by the bathtub had fallen into the water. Worse, Theon wasn’t alone. On top of his corpse, also dead, is sixteen year old Jolie Wins. The craziness of the situation, coupled with the filming that day brought Debbie to a decision. She was going to walk away from it all and start over. Doing what? She didn’t yet know … but she knew she was done with the industry from that day on.

There is a tangle of story lines played out. Debbie’s money supported the couple. Theon, unfortunately, spent more than was brought in. His death did not prevent thugs from coming around to collect. Richard Ness and Coco Manetti are vile hoodlums; heartless in their attempts to collect. Debbie might do porn, but she could easily be Easy’s sister with her calm, cool, and clear mannerisms. However, showing you are in control, doesn’t always prove that you are. Debbie quickly learns the difference.

Pasadena Lieutenant Detective Perry Mendelson is assigned to investigate the case. There are issues with Theon’s death. No one admits to knowing who the young woman is that was also electrocuted, andthe blatant fact that she was a minor. (I am mildly disappointed that there is no closure with the undefined relationship between Mendelson and Debbie). The short journey from Theon’s death to the funeral is the make-up behind the novel.

Filled with emotional back-stories, and current hurdles that need to be bound over, Debbie is a strong character, determined and, perhaps, a lost soul. Several times I needed to remind myself that Debbie was not a sixty-five year-old woman, but just thirty-one. It was a testament to the wear and tear of such a lifestyle. Although this literary novel is not a fast-paced and gritty crime novel, like I’ve come to expect from Mosely, it is dark and poetical crafted, disturbingly detailed and compelling. Walter Mosley’s Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore is one of those books that you pick up and just can’t put down. Should you have to set it aside, I can promise you will be thinking about the characters until you find the time to get back to reading. Promise!

Phillip Tomasso,
Author of The Vaccination Trilogy ( )
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  ptom3 | May 2, 2015 |
Debbie decides to leave her profession - porn star - after the sudden, accidental death of her husband. There's plenty of sexuality on display in the book, but it's not erotic - it's a story about grief, with some reconciliation with estranged family members thrown in for good measure. It was interesting to read this just after finishing the graphic novel Habibi; in both, lead female characters have experienced so much non-loving sex that they are largely numb to desire - but still want intimacy. Mosley does it better. The book was compelling and satisfying, though I confess I don't follow why the climax of the story - right at the end - affected the character the way it did. ( )
  bezoar44 | Mar 14, 2015 |
Very boring. No real plot or challenge for the central character. A good book if you want something that will put you to sleep. All the main character did thoughout the book was wander around her mansion and continually pass out in her favorite room until all her problems were solved for her.
  avidreader85 | Jul 26, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385526180, Hardcover)

In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore." But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

Millions of men (and no doubt many women) have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare—she of the blond wig and blue contacts-"do it" on television and computer screens every which way with every combination of partners the mind of man can imagine. But one day an unexpected and thunderous on-set orgasm catches Debbie unawares, and when she returns to the mansion she shares with her husband, insatiable former porn star and "film producer" Theon Pinkney, she discovers that he's died in a case of hot tub electrocution, "auditioning" an aspiring "starlet." Burdened with massive debts that her husband incurred, and which various L.A. heavies want to collect on, Debbie must reckon with a life spent in the peculiar subculture of the pornography industry and her estrangement from her family and the child she had to give up. She's done with porn, but her options for what might come next include the possibility of suicide. Debbie . . . is a portrait of a ransacked but resilient soul in search of salvation and a cure for grief.

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In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never-less-than-moving literary novel from Walter Mosley, acclaimed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult-entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to do it anymore. But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.Burdened with massive debts that her husband incurred, and which various L.A. heavies want to collect on, Debbie must reckon with a life spent in the peculiar subculture of the pornography industry and her estrangement from her family and the child she had to give up. She has done with porn, but her options for what might come next include the possibility of suicide. this is a portrait of a ransacked but resilient soul in search of salvation and a cure for grief.… (more)

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