Tom Sinclair
January 04, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Diablerie

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Walter Mosley
publisher
Bloomsbury
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A-

A chance meeting with an ostensible old flame he can’t remember sends a middle-aged computer programmer into a tailspin.

Movie Pitch
Vertigo meets sex, lies, and videotape.

Lowdown
Despite its brevity, Walter Mosley’s latest, Diablerie focuses on big issues — identity, race, class, love, sex, guilt, alcoholism — with a composed, terrifying clarity. The discomforting subtext: Anyone’s well-ordered reality can come crashing apart, anytime, anyplace. A-

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