208 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.7 in
September 17, 2002
Washington Square Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0743451759
ISBN - 13: 9780743451758
Read from the Book
Chapter OneMouse had changed.Before he announced his engagement to EttaMae he was a happy man, full of himself. It's true that he was especially pleased when misfortune happened to someone else, but at least he kept us smiling. Life was hard back then and a good laugh was worth a month of Sundays.But just when he had a reason to be glad, Mouse turned sour and moody. He let his appearance go to seed (he was usually a natty dresser) and nobody wanted to be around him because when a small, rodent-faced man like Mouse got ugly, he was no company even for the harshest man.He stopped going to parties altogether. If you happened to run into him on some corner, or back alley, and asked how he was doing, he'd say, "What the hell you think? Here I am gonna get married in two months an' 'tween me an' EttaMae we ain't got enough money for dip an' crackers."Mouse didn't go out looking for work. All he did was get mad whenever he had to let go of a few coins.So it was no surprise that his crowd started to shun him.I mean, even if you wanted to see Mouse it was hard work because he changed apartments almost every month -- one step ahead of the landlord, as we used to say.I didn't want to see him. Mostly because I was jealous. You see, EttaMae was the kind of woman you had on your mind when you woke up in the morning. She was big and friendly, and always knew the right thing to say. But she never lied; Etta spoke her mind, and when she laughed it came from her heart. Everybody loved EttaMae,
From the Publisher
In the beginning...there was Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins and Raymond "Mouse" Alexander -- two young men setting out in life, hitting the road in a "borrowed" '36 Ford headed for Pariah, Texas. The volatile Mouse wants to retrieve money from his stepfather so he can marry his EttaMae. But on their steamy bayou excursion, Mouse will choose murder as a way out, while Easy's past liaison with EttaMae floats precariously in his memory. Easy and Mouse are coming of age -- and everything they ever knew about friendship and about themselves is coming apart at the seams....
About the Author
Walter Mosley, novelist and creator of African American detective Easy Rawlins, was born in South Central Los Angeles in 1952. He attended Goddard College and City College, CUNY, before graduating from Johnson State College in Vermont. He is a member of the executive board of PEN America Center and a member of PEN's Open Book Committee. He is also a former president of the Mystery Writers of America. In 1990, he published Devil in a Blue Dress, a mystery novel which won a John Creasy Award for best first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award, and was eventually made into a motion picture starring Denzel Washington (1995). Easy Rawlins books are now published in eighteen countries across four continents.
Playboy As [:Easy and Mouse] take the car trip to hell, you¹ll want to be riding shotgun.