"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.




Friday, March 6, 2009

Devil in a Blue Dress

I just re-read Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress for the first time in about ten years. Know what? It floored me all over again. The narrative voice, the characters, the stark and violent depiction of postwar L.A. that is nevertheless shot through with small moments of peace...all made for a powerful debut that still holds up. I think I'll work my way through the whole series again.

7 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Incredible book, incredible character, incredible period detail.

Jen said...

I've been reading a lot of Mosley myself lately. It's kind of ruined me for poorly written crime fic. I just can't go back...

Keith Rawson said...

Mosley is one of the few writer's who can actually write period noir,(the other three are Abbott, Ellroy, and McDonald.) which so many folks attempt and fail. What do you think of him going contemporary with his new book/series?
BTW Mosley here in Phoenix at the end of the month.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Haven't read his new book. I've mostly stuck to the Easy Rawlins series, though I did like ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED ALWAYS OUTGUNNED and RL'S DREAM.

Paul Brazill said...

It's a wonderful book. An ex girlfriend met him at the Jazz cafe in London in the 90's. he was doing a reading with a three piece band. She said he was 'dead charming'.

Ryan David Jahn said...

Yeah, it's an excellent book. If you haven't checked it out, consider reading his This Year You Write Your Novel. I was kind of hesitant, as I've never had a problem putting words on paper and based on the title and the cover copy it struck me as a book for folks who keep telling themselves they'll write some day, but in the end there's a lot of good stuff in it.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

I've heard others praising Mosley's craft book, too. I could write a craft book: HOW TO SPEND FIVE YEARS AGONIZING OVER YOUR FIRST DRAFT. Watch that sucker fly off the shelves.