Known to Evil

Known to Evil

Book - 2010
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"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 a 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."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781594487521
1594487529
Call Number: MOSLEY
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Political corruption -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.

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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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