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Bad Boy Brawly Brown by Walter Mosley

Bad Boy Brawly Brown (2002)

by Walter Mosley

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Pretty compelling. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 4, 2017 |
Standard Easy fare...our Mr. Rawlins is called upon by old friends to do what parents and police cannot or will not do---pull young Brawly Brown's nuts out of the fire before he's completely toast. How he goes about it is unconventional, but it works. Along the way, Easy also gains some insight into dealing with his own young son's singular way of maturing, and it's all to the good. I listened to this one on audio, and I have to say the various characterizations were quite good...but the little kids and women didn't always work just right. I think the reader tried just a little too hard. I did appreciate that this audio recording cued the end of the last track on each disc (I'm listening in the car) with gentle, appropriate music. I really hate having the last track end and getting 2 minutes into the FIRST track again before I realize I should have swapped out the disc.
August 2015 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Mar 1, 2016 |
I enjoyed everything; from the large-easy to read print, to the Ebonics.
  Madamxtra | Dec 23, 2015 |
I always enjoy Walter Mosley's books and this is no exception, but it didn't grab me like some of the others. Easy Rawlins is a good character, but I found that there were too many relatively undifferentiated minor characters, which led to slightly muddled storytelling. It did draw a unsettling picture of black life in LA in the sixties and the wide divide between blacks and whites. There are a lot more Mosley's on my reasons piles! ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
This is the first book by Mosley that I've read, but it won't be the last. It's an Easy Rawlings novel, exactly in the middle of the series (according to the WhackiWiki), with six books before it and six after. In this one, it's 1964, and Rawlings is working as the maintenance supervisor of the Sojourner Truth Middle School, raising two adopted children, sharing his life with an airline stewardess, and still mourning the death of his life-long friend Raymond "Mouse" Alexander in the previous year.

The story is this: Rawlings is asked by a friend to locate Brawly Brown, the son of that friend's girlfriend. Brawly allegedly hates his mother. He lived with his father, then abruptly left his father and moved in with his mother's cousin, Isolda. Busted for shoplifting a radio, he's sent to a juvenile home. Released, Brawly goes back to his father. But then, Brawly's mother says, he and his father had a violent fight, and he's on his own, and possibly running with a bad crowd.

Rawlings's searching takes him first to the home of Brawly's aunt, which is the scene of a recent, bloody murder. No Isolda there. As police arrive at the front door, he escapes out the back. Shortly thereafter, he attends a meeting of an urban activist group—Brawly may be a member—that's raided by police. Again he escapes, but in doing so, meets the group's leadership (though not Brawly). Not long afterwards, he's approached at his home by a seedy-looking detective who has photos of him taken at the meeting, in the moments before the raid. The detective knows a great deal about Rawlings, and recruits him to spy on the group for the police. While he declines the offer, he does keep the detective's phone number. It comes in handy before long.

The search progresses, with Rawlings meeting more and more people, few of whom take him at his word that he's just looking for the son of a friend, with the goal of keeping the kid out of trouble.

And so it goes, with another murder, additional mayhem, and, of course, obligatory surprises. A fun read.

I picked this book for the challenge simply because I had it. At a very recent library book sale (Buy a bag of books for $5!), I put this book in my bag because I'd heard of Mosley, but had never read anything by him. Now I have. And I'll keep an eye for Mosley books in the future.
  weird_O | May 21, 2015 |
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Racial tensions and America's civil rights movement have previously figured into Walter Mosley's series about sometimes-sleuth Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins. But Bad Boy Brawly Brown turns what had been a background element into compelling surface tension. The year is 1964, and though Easy seems settled into honest work as a Los Angeles custodian, he's having other problems--notably, his adopted son's wish to quit school and lingering remorse over the death (in A Little Yellow Dog) of his homicidal crony, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander. Yet he remains willing to do "favors" for folks in need. So, when Alva Torres comes to him, worried that her son, Brawly Brown, will get into trouble running with black revolutionaries, Easy agrees to find the young man and "somehow ... get him back home." His first day on the job, however, Rawlins stumbles across Alva's ex-husband--murdered--and he's soon dodging police, trying to connect a black activist's demise to a weapons cache, and exposing years of betrayal that have made Brawly an ideal pawn in disastrous plans.

Mosley's portrayal of L.A.'s mid-20th-century racial divide is far from simplistic, with winners and sinners on both sides. He also does a better-than-usual job here of plot pacing, with less need to rush a solution at the end. But it is Easy Rawlins's evolution that's most intriguing in Brawly Brown. A man determined to curb his violent and distrustful tendencies, Easy finds himself, at 44, having finally come to peace with his life, just when the peace around him is at such tremendous risk. --J. Kingston Pierce

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Set in 1964, Easy is on a mission to lure Brawley Brown back to his mother. But not only is Brawley bad, he's big and not so easily swayed, especially since joining the Urban Revolutionary Party, a political group wary of strangers. Add to that a cache of stolen guns, secret government investigators, a payroll heist, several murders, problems with his son, and everybody lying about everything, plus his own crushing guilt over the apparent death of his best friend, and you've got Easy behind the eight ball once again.… (more)

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