Known to Evil #2020

Known to Evil By Walter Mosley Known to Evil The Walter Mosley and his new hero Leonid McGill are back in the new New York Times bestselling mystery series that s already being hailed as a classic of contemporary noir Leonid McGill the protago
  • Title: Known to Evil
  • Author: Walter Mosley
  • ISBN: 9781594487521
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Known to Evil By Walter Mosley The Walter Mosley and his new hero, Leonid McGill, are back in the new New York Times bestselling mystery series that s already being hailed as a classic of contemporary noir Leonid McGill the protagonist introduced in The Long Fall, the book that returned Walter Mosley to bestseller lists nationwide is still fighting to stick to his reformed ways while the world arou The Walter Mosley and his new hero, Leonid McGill, are back in the new New York Times bestselling mystery series that s already being hailed as a classic of contemporary noir Leonid McGill the protagonist introduced in The Long Fall, the book that returned Walter Mosley to bestseller lists nationwide is still fighting to stick to his reformed ways while the world around him pulls him in every other direction He has split up with his girlfriend, Aura, because his new self won t let him leave his wife but then Aura s new boyfriend starts angling to get Leonid kicked out of his prime, top of the skyscraper office space Meanwhile, one of his sons seems to have found true love but the girl has a shady past that s all of sudden threatening the whole McGill family and his other son, the charming rogue Twilliam, is doing nothing but enabling the crisis Most ominously of all, Alfonse Rinaldo, the mysterious power behind the throne at City Hall, the fixer who seems to control every little thing that happens in New York City, has a problem that even he can t fix and he s come to Leonid for help It seems a young woman has disappeared, leaving murder in her wake, and it means everything to Rinaldo to track her down But he won t tell McGill his motives, which doesn t quite square with the new company policy but turning down Rinaldo is almost impossible to even contemplate Known to Evil delivers on all the promise of the characters and story lines introduced in The Long Fall, and then some It careens fast and deep into gritty, glittery contemporary Manhattan, making the city pulse in a whole new way, and it firmly establishes Leonid McGill as one of the mystery world s most iconic, charismatic leading men.
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    1. Walter Mosley

      Walter Mosley b 1952 is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins, as well as numerous other works, from literary fiction and science fiction to a young adult novel and political monographs His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O Henry Award, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, a Grammy, and PEN America s Lifetime Achievement Award He lives in New York City.

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    1. I ve long been an avid fan of Walter Mosley s Easy Rawlins series which was set in L.A and which I think is one of the best and most inventive P.I series that anyone s ever done I confess that I m not as knocked out by Mosley s new P.I Leonid McGill, who is based in New York But perhaps this is simply because I have such high expectations of Mosley based on the earlier series.Leonid McGill is a man with a past, much of which he d like to forget He s done some things of which he s not proud, but [...]

    2. Leonid McGill is becoming one of my favorite characters ever written by any author The network of contacts he has at his disposal is amazing His strength never wavers and he endures whatever comes his way He understands his faults and wrongdoings and trying to take steps to correct them His M.O is bartering you don t have to pay him, just don t forget you owe him a favor There are multiple daggers coming towards Leonid From his wife returning after leaving him for a banker, his sons getting enta [...]

    3. The second Leonid McGill crime novel Leonid McGill, still haunted by the guilt of the bad things he used to do or so he says, but the examples given of his supposed misdeeds seem very mild , is asked to track down a woman for the most powerful man in New York He is also consumed with helping out a former victim who has just been arrested on baseless terrorism charges, rescuing his son s girlfriend from her violent pimp, and managing the tightrope between his loveless marriage and the women he be [...]

    4. I had pretty much no idea who was who, what was going on, or why any of it mattered at any point during this audio book, but I did appreciate the hard boiled noir aspects DP.S my favourite part was when the reader whose Norwegian accent sounded Bahamian, and whose Russian accent sounded like a toddler with a mouth full of marbles read a line uttered by the main character who himself had just perpetrated a bad accent during a sneaky phone call that accents were hard bwahahahaha

    5. Any chance you get to risk your life for the Cause is as close to a blessing as a modern man can, my father s words had no political meaning for me but there truth out shown there intent.Reading Mosley Mysteries will have you looking at news stories much differently, especially those concerning city, state, and or government officials drama and scandalsOr is it just Mi.lolwe all know that Art imitates Life.

    6. When last we talked about Leonid McGill, I worried that he and his world were too similar to those of the Easy Rawlins mysteries set on the opposite coast and 50 or 60 years prior I had none of those concerns here LT s his own man and, in Known to Evil, Mosley seems to forgo the familiar rhythms of his most famous character completely, learning a new way to play these songs.I won t repeat what I said in my review of the first novel What strikes me about Leonid in this tale is that, despite his p [...]

    7. PROTAGONIST Leonid McGill, PISETTING New YorkSERIES 2 of 2RATING 3.0Walter Mosley has had a long and illustrious career as a crime fiction writer Best known for the Easy Rawlins series which followed the protagonist from the 1940s to the late 60s, Mosley concluded that series after eleven books He flirted with a few other series e.g Paris Minton, Socrates Fortlaw but now seems to be dedicating his time to a character introduced in 2009, Leonid McGill McGill is a somewhat timeworn PI THE LONG FAL [...]

    8. Walter Mosley may be a phenomenon, according to the Houston Press, but I can safely admit that Leonid McGill, the main character in Known To Evil, is a phenomenon in his own right He s a man with his own demons, multiple love interests, and an anvil for a fist Leonid s demons make him a character that practically bleeds off the page and into your living room, even though he s a man that isn t prone to do so Much like the author, he gives everything he has, and then he adds a bit He puts others [...]

    9. Walter Mosely is is highly praised for a number of things 1 for being a bad ass black writer, 2 for writing about horrific crimes and 3 for being one of the best American writers of all time.I can confirm that all three of these praises are true Known to Darkness features a black detective named Leonid McGill who straddles the line of legality dangerously Involved with the deepest, darkest I m not referring to skin colour criminals, Leonid also has friends in the police and enemies everywhere.Mo [...]

    10. I did not particularly enjoy this book I know that Walter Mosley wrote a novel which was turned into a Spike Lee directed movie called Devil in a Blue Dress I never saw this movie although it was a big hit and my older brother had So when I saw this audiobook, I said, I should definitely read it If Spike Lee made a movie from a Walter Mosley book, then he should be great I was wrong Well, maybe it was THIS book or perhaps it was because of the arrogant cockiness of the lead character McGill or d [...]

    11. My man Mosley always writes a good plot Now that I m on about the 35th book of his I miss the simpler times when the protagonist didn t have to have a superty duperty electronic gizmo all handy for every deadly situation So much for being current.

    12. Walter Mosley is one of my favorite storytellers in any genre I m excited when any new title of his appears Known to Evil only partly rewarded my eager anticipation It follows up on The Long Fall, a noir novel that introduced Leonid McGill, a New York City based criminal operative extraordinaire a fixer for hire who frames the innocent and provides alibis for the guilty who has gone straight McGill is trying to function on the sunnier side of the boundary between good and evil but not always on [...]

    13. I don t read much genre fiction an occasional noir or sci fi However, my son is a huge Walter Mosley fan, so I picked up Known to Evil for him from the remainder table at the local bookstore I had to read it, of course, before passing it along to him, since no book crosses the threshold without being read at least its first 100 pages I m not much of a plot fancier That s not what I obsess about What I do appreciate in PI noir fiction are the oh so flawed, worldly wise and worldly worn detective [...]

    14. Two novels in on Manhattan private eye Leonid McGill, I believe Walter Mosley has a keeper This series, which Mosley has predicted will go on until a tenth, has staying power because McGill is so different than, say, Easy Rawlins At the same time, he operates in a world depicted with as much gritty realism and street corner philosophy as Mosley employs in his other stellar crime novels.As with The Long Fall, in Known to Evil Leonid is juggling a couple of knotty cases as well as watching out for [...]

    15. A good second entry in the series, but I didn t enjoy it as much as the first one Leonid McGill has too many tricks up his sleeve and too many people who conveniently owe him favors While Tiny Bug Bateman, Leonid s tech guy, is super cool and can do some really neat stuff, it just makes it too easy for McGill to get the info or access he needs Maybe I just feel that Mosley relies a little too heavily on taking the easy way out.Another minor detail that is starting to irk me is McGill s calling t [...]

    16. So reading of the Leonid McGill series especially at this pace has made me aware of the way this series operates, and also aware of its flaws Maybe it s just because I m not a regular mystery reader, but the plot through line of the books can often be convoluted and a little confusing, at least on the first read While many of the characters are part of a repeating cast, many of them aren t, and I ll hit the ending with only a sketchy impression of how I actually got there That being said, for [...]

    17. I ve not read a lot of noir or neo noir or detective fiction of any kind But I ve wanted to for a while I couldn t have started with a better series than Walter Mosley s Leonid McGill books I ve never been to New York City, but Mosley puts me in a version of New York City It s a nasty, storied, soiled, scary, loathing version of New York I m not sure if it exists, and I hope it doesn t, and I admire Leonid McGill for navigating and surviving it He doesn t thrive He gets his ass kicked He s cheat [...]

    18. I love my Kindle it is like an addiction I add books and read them and forget them and repeat Mosley is practically the only author I buy in hardcover every time because he is a flipping genius and I worship him Does that sound overly vehement This book is an amazing addition to his new Leonid McGill series and my only complaint was that it was too short Mosley s writing is masterful, spare, powerful, exciting The story is crammed with shady characters and explosive situations and graceful, dark [...]

    19. I loved the first book in the series the long fall The main character Leonid is fascinating He s complex, conflicted, witty, smart and charismatic However, the end on this one felt a little too contrived All the multiple story lines with the exception of those involving the Herod marriage and love life were tidily tied up The ending in some ways echoed the ending of the first book in the series This book is definitely worth reading, but if you want something to blow you away read the first book [...]

    20. Walter Mosley pens some of the most realistic characters and dialogue, and I really enjoy his Leonid McGill This time McGill has been asked to find a young woman for a man that he can t refuse Unfortunately, his sons have disappeared, a former client has been caught in a sting, and he winds up at the site of a double homicide all at the same time A fun mystery novel based on the gritty streets of NYC.

    21. This is a classic whodunit mystery following a private detective uncovering a case I enjoyed this one than the first book in the series There were a few loose ends but I m thinking the author continues with those story threads in later books Fun reading for a summer weekend on the porch I ll check out books 3 and 4 I think that s all there are at this point and I d really like to read some of Mosely s non detective books.

    22. I love the narration and the dialog, Leonid is an interesting main character and the setting is compelling with interesting secondary characters With that said, the case at the heart of this second book didn t grab me like the introductory case in the first book I will read another in the series if there are .

    23. The contemporary NY setting for this book did not ring true for me at all Maybe if I didn t live in NY I wouldn t have noticed I liked the Easy Rawlins books but I didn t really like any of these characters and they didn t seem to fit into the warped NYC setting If he had set the book in the 1970 s it might have been OK, but it just didn t work for 2009.

    24. This is the second entry in Mosley s Leonid McGill series This is a perfectly good mystery and I will probably continue to follow the series, but so far, this series hasn t captured me the way that the Easy Rawlins series or even Mosley s Fearless series did.

    25. Walter Mosley s work is always satisfying.For example he writes, When you hit your fifties life starts comin up on ya fast, Gordo Tallman said to me on the occasion of my forty ninth birthday Before that time life is pretty much a straight climb Wife looks up to you and the young kids are small enough, and the older kids smart enough, not to weigh you down But then, just when you start puttin on the pounds an losin your wind, the kids re expectin you to fulfill your promises and the wife all of [...]

    26. Liked the dialect and jive ass humor of this audio book, the fearless main character avoiding stereotypical hero status with humor and fumbles The story lost me I think it was about rescuing a beautiful girl from predators trying to kill her for some reason I never really figured out Every good girl is gorgeous and every bad girl afflicted with signs of age A guy viewpoint.

    27. Crisp detail, colorful characters, and creative phrasing make this an entertaining foray into the life of NYC private detective Leonid McGill The audio book top notch presentation.

    28. Walter Mosley is than a writer He s a phenomenon, the prolific overlord of noir crime fiction HOUSTON PRESS I totally agree

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