Fearless Jones

Fearless Jones

Book - 2002 | Warner books ed.
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Walter Mosley, "one of crime fiction's brightest stars" (People), returns to mysteries at last-with a dazzling new thriller set in the deadly back alleys of 1950s L.A.... Bookshop owner Paris Minton is minding his own business when a brief encounter with a beautiful stranger gets him beaten, shot at, robbed, and then burned out of store and home. Paris needs help but his secret weapon-brave, reckless WWII hero Fearless Jones-is in jail. Vowing to dish out some heavy justice, Paris plots to get Jones back on the street. But when these two men come together, they'll find themselves trapped in a bewildering vortex of sex, money, and murder-and a dicey endgame that's littered with dangerous players...

Baker & Taylor
In the debut of a new mystery series set in 1950s Los Angeles, small-time used bookstore owner Paris Minton enlists the aid of his friend, Fearless Jones, to uncover the identity of a mysterious and beautiful woman who seems to be linked to a series of bizarre attacks against Minton. Reprint.

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In a mystery set in 1950s Los Angeles, bookstore owner Paris Minton enlists the aid of his friend, Fearless Jones, to uncover the identity of a woman who seems to be linked to a series of bizarre attacks against Minton.

Publisher: New York : Warner Vision Books, 2002, c2001.
Edition: Warner books ed.
ISBN: 9780446610124
0446610127
Characteristics: 351 p. ; 18 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 14, 2016

"I've never respected law enforcement, merely feared it."
Walter Mosley is the author of the long-running, Los Angeles-set Easy Rawlins series. I'm a big fan of classic noir and hardboiled fiction, but as a 21st century reader I can't help but notice that in the majority of them black characters are, at best, marginal (servants, bellhops) and, at worst, non-existent. The Harlem novels of Chester Himes are a notable exception. Mosley's books aren't explicitly political, but their awareness of race adds a depth that is not always found in the genre. He takes a break from Rawlins with "Fearless Jones," about a bookseller and his friend who get wrapped up in arson, murder, and police corruption. Followed by "Fear Itself."

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