Known to Evil

Known to Evil

eBook - 2010
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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 McGill for help. It seems a young woman has disappeared, leaving murder in her wake, and it means everything to Rinaldo to track her down.
Publisher: [New York] : Riverhead Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781101186077
9781101181263
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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lukasevansherman
Aug 19, 2016

Not bad, but his long-running Easy Rawlins series is better.

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GuanindeManhattan
Sep 10, 2012

I love Walter Mosley's writing - in particular his creation of Black antiheroic private eyes and their view of the world as Black men using the detective novel as a vehicle for both enjoyment and social commentary. This is the first of the Leonid McGill series that I've read and now I'm on to the others. As I read Known to Evil there was something on each page to make me stop and appreciate the artistry of Mosley the writer. He's mastered the detective-story-as-vehicle form and Leonid (LT) McGill is a perfect character - haunted by the teachings of his Communist father who left when he was 12, McGill's jaded and somewhat depressed take on the world is different from Mosley's Easy Rawlins self-destructive character. In Known to Evil, LT takes a job for a NYC power broker who wants him to find a woman and make sure she is not in danger. Along the way he finds murder and murderers; is himself pegged for one of the murders by the police; navigates relationships with his wife, the woman he loves, his children, and his boxing mentor; and does several good deeds and pulls his sons out of trouble with a white slaver. We see the world through LT's eyes - a short, balding, cynical yet romantic middle-aged Black man - and this is where Mosley shines.

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billsnowdon
Feb 03, 2012

Why is this title listed in catalogue in the ebook format if it is not available in that format? Total waste of time!

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MeReneG
Sep 24, 2011

Very good read. A semi-reformed criminal trying to keep on the straight-and-narrow in Manhattan is offered a job he can't refuse that requires him to revert to some of his old methods to ge the job done. // Time to read the previous title (The long fall) in the series.

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connie2288
Aug 04, 2011

Very good read! A unique page turner. The kind of book you never want to put down. You want to know his hero personally. Walter Mosley writes about things and people like no one can.

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