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The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

The Long Fall (edition 2009)

by Walter Mosley

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Title:The Long Fall
Authors:Walter Mosley
Info:Riverhead Hardcover (no date), Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Read in 2009, Read but unowned
Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Race Relations, New York City, ARC, @T, 999 Challenge, 2009

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I've only read one other book by Walter Mosley that I can recall, The Man in my Basement. I enjoyed it greatly, and wanted to pick up some more books by him, but there are so many books, and so little time.

I found this gem alredy in my bookcase, probably from some long-ago sale. Once again, my instincts for good writing came through.

This is the first of the Leonid McGill series, and I can't wait to get some more of them. Mosley brings to life a private eye that should be washed up: almost sixty, in a loveless marriage, trying to stay out of real trouble, raising 3 kids, two of whom he knows aren't his. McGill should be looking forward to death, by most standards. Yet Mosley shows the reader that the spark of life need not fade, even as the fear of Judgment looms.

Mosley has also done a great job of drawing the secondary characters, his "son" Twill and his lover Aura. And the specter of McGill's father, long gone, lives large in his son's mind day to day.

We spend a lot of time in McGill's mind, and it's a fascinating place. I look forward to visiting it again soon. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
This book is an amazing first-installment of what I hope will be a long series. ( )
  kristina_brooke | Apr 15, 2016 |
This is Mosley near the top of his form, creating a new character with such a complete back story that it's hard to remember this is the first time we've met Leonid McGill. McGill is a tough black PI with some heavy baggage: a communist upbringing, a wife he doesn't love, 3 kids who aren't all his blood, a none-too-pure past, and a death on his conscience. The latter has pushed him to a decision to go "straight", setting him and us up for a classic noir journey through the underworld as Leonid struggles to be upright in a profession that rarely makes that easy. Robert B. Parker called this book "quite simply splendid", which is perfectly fitting, since Parker's Spenser had that white hat gig sewed up for such a long time. McGill is more complicated, less predictable than Spenser; Mosley's prose is denser, much less dialog-driven, and he requires more of the reader than Parker did. But anyone who appreciated Spenser's unwavering adherence to his "code" is going to love watching McGill try to "get there". Live long and write, Mr. Mosley.

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  laytonwoman3rd | May 7, 2015 |
Almost seemed like a missing Robert B. Parker book. The main character, an ex-boxer with his on moral creed and and criminal characters he can call on for help, just screamed Spenser. These things didn't distract from the book which was very well written. I had read one other Mosley book in the Easy Rawlins series, but found this book much more enjoyable, maybe because the story was set in current time instead of in the late 40s/early 50s. ( )
  bjkelley | Feb 8, 2014 |
Mosley introduces Leonid McGill, another of his superbly-named, reflective characters seeking honor amid the necessary compromises of brutish circumstances. An excellent start to what I hope is many stories of this NYC PI. ( )
  steve.clason | Jun 25, 2013 |
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Leonid McGill, a New York City private detective, tries to put his past life behind him. But it's not that easy when someone like Tony "The Suit" Towers expects you to do a job; when an Albany PI hires you to track down four men known only by their youthful street names; and when your 16-year-old son, Twill, is getting in over his head with a suicidal girl.… (more)

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