This is a 2005 entry in the Easy Rawlins series of detective fiction. I previously read Devil in a Blue Dress, which was the first in the series and I quite liked it. The series follows Rawlins who is a Black private detective in Los Angeles beginning in the late 1940s and up through the 1960s which is when this book takes place. Rawlins is asked to find a missing girl and during his investigation he travels through the counter-culture scene developing in 1966 San Francisco and a panicky and racist Los Angeles just after the Watts Riots. Those details make the book interesting and the Rawlins character is too. The plot itself is less interesting and though I enjoyed the book enough to read it over the weekend I don't think that I would revisit this title again. Still and all, if you are a fan of Easy Rawlins, then you will probably enjoy it.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3563.O88456 C56 2005
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Ran Boyd, Special Collections & Archives Librarian, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Somewhat Recommended