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A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley

A Little Yellow Dog (1996)

by Walter Mosley

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Synopsis: Easy Rawlins is the head janitor for a school. He is asked by one of the teachers to keep her dog since her husband has threatened to kill it. Not long after a body is found on the school yard and the teacher has vanished. A policeman is trying to blame the murder on Easy, so he has to not only clear himself but find out why the person was killed and how to keep from getting killed himself.
Review: The author is black and he uses his experiences to inform his writing. I rather like his work. ( )
  DrLed | Jul 12, 2018 |
Seriously, that damn dog. This is why I'm a cat person. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 9, 2017 |
Easy Rawlins has a steady job as supervisor of maintenance at Sojourner Truth Junior High School in LA. His adopted kids are doing well, and he'd like to keep living his ordinary life. Unfortunately, an unguarded moment with a needy woman promises to dump him right back into the streets, where he needs all his smarts to survive. I love Mosley's writing, as always, but there are a few too many peripheral characters to keep track of here, and the plot takes a little too long to develop. Still, good stuff to escape into; always fun to watch Easy work. Easy may have found a good woman this time, but he may also have lost his best friend Mouse, for which he will blame himself. But Mosley leaves us hanging in suspense on both those points at the end of the book.
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  laytonwoman3rd | Mar 1, 2016 |
I'm gradually working my way through a pile of Mosley books. I have enjoyed them all so far and this one is around the average level of them, which, by anyone else's standards means it is pretty good. Easy is trying to stay out of trouble, but his instinctive desire to help leads him into trouble, deep trouble. Watching him trying to work his way out of the mess is thoroughly enjoyable, although this book doesn't quite reach the heights of some of the others. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
Compelling story, compelling characters -- Mr. Mosley took me back to a different place and time. Easy's relationship with his "kids" was heart-warming and made it "easy" to overlook his faults. Sad and poignant at times, it was a very good, satisfying read. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
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When I got to work that Monday morning I knew something was wrong. Mrs. Idabell Turner's car was parked in the external lot and there was a light on in her half of bungalow C.
We take our friends where we can. (72)
I had my hand on the trigger and my eye in his. There was going to be blood or money on the table before long because neither one of us was walking away until the issue was settled. (94)
(Easy warily interviews someone involved in murder, each not revealing much to the other)
Our eyes met in the involuntary agreement that we were both liars. (164)
Ice didn't melt on his tongue and he didn't know, for a fact, the color of his own blood. (173)
(Waitress) 'You got to buy three drinks in here if you wanna stay. Either that or go up to the gamblin' room. You gamble?'
(Easy) 'Only with my life.' (178)
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The saga of Easy Rawlins that began in 1990 with Devil in a Blue Dress, continues in A Little Yellow Dog. Working as a janitor at Sojourner Truth Junior High School, Easy is asked to care for a small dog owned by the attractive Idabell Holland, a teacher at the school. When Idabell's husband is murdered, Easy finds himself mixed up with a gang of criminals engaged in looting Los Angeles schools and smuggling heroin from France. Idabell and Easy fall into a sexual liaison, but in the wake of it, Idabell is found stabbed to death in the passenger seat of Easy's car. While at first Easy thinks the murders are a "simple falling out of thieves," a surprising twist on the level of "The Maltese Falcon" reveals the truth.

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Black PI Easy Rawlins, working as a school janitor in Los Angeles, is seduced by a teacher into taking her dog which her husband threatens to kill. When the husband is murdered, Rawlins becomes the prime suspect and must clear his name. By the author of Black Betty.… (more)

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