Six Easy Pieces (2003) Actually, the volume collects seven cases from the files of L.A.'s amateur PI Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, but who's counting? Arranged chronologically and linked thematically, the… 2003-01-07 Fiction
Book Review

Six Easy Pieces (2003)

Six Easy Pieces | 'EASY' DOES IT These stories amount to more than the sum of their ''Pieces''
'EASY' DOES IT These stories amount to more than the sum of their ''Pieces''
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 07, 2003; Writer: Walter Mosley; Genre: Fiction

Actually, the volume collects seven cases from the files of L.A.'s amateur PI Ezekiel ''Easy'' Rawlins, but who's counting? Arranged chronologically and linked thematically, the stories amount to more than the sum of their pieces. They're packed with significant events -- one major recurring character dies, another is resurrected, and Easy experiences severe turbulence in his romance with Air France stewardess Bonnie Shay. Mosley's prose remains delectably hard-boiled: ''Inez was the color of pure chocolate. But if chocolate looked like her I'd have weighed a ton.'' And after last year's less-than-satisfying Rawlins novel ''Bad Boy Brawly Brown,'' Six Easy Pieces marks an overdue return to solid storytelling form.

Originally posted Jan 17, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints