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Gone Fishin': Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story "Smoke" (Easy…

by Walter Mosley

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This is a prequel to the Easy Rawlins series, in which we meet Easy and his friend Mouse as quite young men. Mouse, about to be married to Etta Mae, recruits Easy to drive him back to his home turf in the bayous to claim what he feels is rightfully his of his Mama's property from his miserable no-good step-daddy. As you can imagine, this doesn't go altogether well. There's death and black magic and hot love, and we learn a lot about why Mouse is who he is. This is a heck of a good story, but I almost wish Mosley hadn't told it to us. Mouse works so well as Easy's mysterious alter-ego---the man with no inhibitions and very few scruples who can do the things Easy will not do. Hawk to his Spenser. Knowing nothing about him would seem to work better than learning his back story and feeling some sympathy. HOWEVER, Mosley may have been up to something he felt necessary before carrying the series forward; I have read [Bad Boy Brawly Brown], and I know that Mouse dies, or at least Easy believes him to be dead, so the history may turn out to matter going forward. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Jul 30, 2016 |
I've got a pile of Walter Mosley's books to work through and although I had read a couple of the stand-alone books and one Easy Rawlins before this, this took me back to the beginning. If we were discussing comic books this would be an " origin" story set back before WW2 in rural Texas.
This lacks the style of the Mosley books I have already read and is very dark in tone. If I was not already a fan I doubt that this would have turned me into one, but, given that I am it fills a hole in the back story and explains some aspects of Easy's relationship with Mouse. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
3 Stars

Entertaining

This is a prequel to the Easy Rawlins series. It was an interesting, quick and easy rea ( )
  Feleciak | Jun 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0743451759, Paperback)

Gone Fishin' actually marks the first appearance of Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, as well as his homicide-prone sidekick Raymond "Mouse" Alexander. But the story takes place in 1939, when both protagonists are still living in Houston. This is no tightly plotted mystery, but an atmospheric coming-of-age story, which gives the reluctant Easy an education in sex and death, family and forgiveness. As always, Mosley's prose is a marvel: musical, funny, and full of no-frills lyricism. And the unfolding of Easy's character is every bit as gripping as the breakneck plotting of the later installment.

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A novel exploring the early years of Easy Rawlins and Mouse Alexander, protagonists in a current black PI series. The setting is Texas, the time the 1930s, and the two embark on a car ride which will engulf them in the bayou world of voodoo, sex and murder.… (more)

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