Fred McKindra
October 05, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In what Walter Mosley says may be his last Easy Rawlins thriller, the PI seems especially depressed about the state of late-60’s L.A. and his ex’s imminent wedding. In his 11th book, Easy tracks two missing friends: Ray ”Mouse” Alexander, who’s ducking a murder charge, and Christmas Black, a former Green Beret who’s gone underground seeking ex-servicemen involved in a smuggling ring. Naturally, a blonde bombshell named Faith will lead Easy to both men. Mosley is as adept at drawing the curves of a hooker as name-checking Hegel or Holden Caulfield, again setting the bar for literary genre fiction with Blonde Faith. A-

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