Today marks the publication of the fourteenth Easy Rawlins novel, Rose Gold. Here is his editor, Sophie Buchan, with ten reasons why you absolutely must read Walter Mosley.
(1) George Pelecanos says: ‘One of America’s most gifted writers of any genre . . . Mosley’s mastery of authentic dialogue is matchless.’ And he should know because he writes The Wire.
(2) Next year will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first book in the Easy Rawlins series, Devil in a Blue Dress. Everyone will be talking about Easy Rawlins and you will feel left out.
(3) If someone gave me a pound for every time Walter Mosley had been compared to Raymond Chandler, I’d be able to afford the yacht from The Wolf of Wall Street.
(4) When I first tried to read Walter Mosley, this happened. Yes, reader, I walked into a shooting.
(5) It’s impossible, really, to be a half-hearted fan. When the last book in the Easy Rawlins series (Little Green) came out, one five star Amazon review read, simply, AAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!#@! $%€%
(6) Luckily, when you get to the AAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!#@! $%€% stage, you can be safe in the knowledge that Mosley has written over forty books.
(7) Not many things link Bill Clinton and the late Robert Bolaño, author of 2666. A love of Walter Mosley does.
(9) Mosley’s writing is so stylish and funny, you will become at least 65% wittier and more attractive by reading him [note: publisher does not offer a money back guarantee].
(10) Mr Mosley has excellent taste in hats.