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Author Spotlight: Walter Mosley


Walter Mosley has much to celebrate in January: his birthday and the publication of his latest book, The Man in My Basement.


January 01, 2004
— Walter Mosley, author of the bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was born on January 12, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. His first novel, Devil in a Blue Dress (1990), set in 1940s Southern California, introduced Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a young black veteran, and his homicide-prone sidekick, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander.  Mosley received critical acclaim for his debut; it was nominated for an Edgar award and he won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel in 1991. Devil in a Blue Dress was subsequently made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington.


In addition to his mysteries, Mosley created another character-based series featuring a contemporary invisible man—the ex-con philosopher Socrates Fortlow. These Fortlow stories, along with the RL's Dream, a novel based on the life of blues legend Robert Johnson, and Blue Light, a science fiction novel, have showcased Mosley's prodigious talent and have proven (if there was any doubt) that he is equally adept writing outside the mystery genre. Mosley has also written a number of short stories and non-fiction works, including a perspective of race history in America.


Mosley's latest book was just published and is already garnering positive reviews.
The Man in My Basement
is the story of Charles Blakey whose summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Read an excerpt.


In 1996 Mosley was named the first Artist-in-Residence at the Africana Studies Institute, New York University. In this role, he has created an innovative lecture series entitled "Black Genius", which brings speakers from a diverse background to discuss practical solutions to contemporary issues. These lectures have been collected and published as Black Genius, with an introduction and essay by Walter Mosley.

Easy Rawlins Mystery Series:                            

Devil in a Blue Dress (DVD), starring Denzel Washington


Fearless Jones Mystery Series:

  • Fearless Jones (2001)
  • Fear Itself (2003)
  • Socrates Fortlow Series:

    Other Fiction:                                                        


    Recommended Resources and Links:

    Walter Mosley's website: Read book excerpts, listen to reviews, find out where he will be appearing, and sign up for his newsletter.



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