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Praise for “The Long Fall”

“The Long Fall is an astounding performance by a master, a searing X—ray of grasping, conspiratorial New York and of the penitent soul of a wily, battle—scarred private—eye. Dark: because it takes us express to the lower depths. Beautiful: because Mosley never leaves us without light. This is, simply, Mosley’s best work yet.”
—Junot Díaz

“A new book, and a new character, from the great Walter Mosley. The Long Fall is quite simply splendid.”
—Robert B. Parker

“The pleasures of the novel come not mainly from its narrative mechanics but from McGill’s first-person perspective on race and class in an America on the verge of electing its first black president… Having retired Easy Rawlins, Mosley has devised a worthy successor in Leonid McGill.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“Mosley cinches these plots elegantly together as he moves McGill between the worlds of new and old money and into the lives of crooks, cops and every species in between. We follow eagerly, seduced by Mosley’s laconic style and by a newly arrived hero who seems to have been around forever.”
—The Washington Post

“In The Long Fall, the author introduces us to Leonid T. McGill, a 53-year-old black man who has long earned a living working as private detective for the mob. The story is set not in postwar Los Angeles but in contemporary New York, the city that has been Mosley’s home for the last 30 years. At the dawn of the Obama era, the overt racism that tormented Rawlins and his friends in Los Angeles is out of fashion. Even the white cop who vows to put McGill behind bars does so not out of racial hatred but because he believes McGill is up to no good. It’s not the country’s racial history, but McGill’s own personal history, that causes him all kinds of trouble… The Long Fall is subtitled “The first Leonard McGill Mystery,” so LT is likely to be with us for a long time. Mosley says he expects to write up to 10 books in the series, and readers of the first will find themselves looking forward to the next one.”
—Associated Press

“Mosley has just published The Long Fall, Book 1 in a series that stars a new African-American protagonist. Fans won’t be disappointed …. Like Rawlins, McGill is an imperfect man living in an imperfect world, but he’s a fresh new character with his own personality. His story is more noir in tone …. The Long Fall is a well-written twists-and-turns story that runs up to a satisfying conclusion.”
—USA Today

“The new man in your life: Leonid McGill, a private investigator and former boxer graced with the rueful wisdom that can come from relentless pummeling—inside a ring and out. In The Long Fall, Walter Mosley introduces this sometime sinner beset by midlife regrets and terrors who, in going “from crooked to only slightly bent,” still has to deal with punks and predators. The novel’s deepest mystery, embodied by McGill’s unfaithful wife and sweetly criminal stepson: how to keep faith with others and yourself.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine

“Mosley leaves behind the Los Angeles setting of his Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones series (Devil in a Blue Dress, etc.) to introduce Leonid McGill, a New York City private detective, who promises to be as complex and rewarding a character as Mosley’s ever produced. McGill, a 53—year—old former boxer who’s still a fighter, finds out that putting his past life behind him isn’t easy when someone like Tony “The Suit” Towers expects you to do a job; when an Albany PI hires you to track down four men known only by their youthful street names; and when your 16—year—old son, Twill, is getting in over his head with a suicidal girl. McGill shares Easy’s knack for earning powerful friends by performing favors and has some of the toughness of Fearless, but he’s got his own dark secrets and hard—won philosophy. New York’s racial stew is different than Los Angeles’s, and Mosley stirs the pot and concocts a perfect milieu for an engaging new hero and an entertaining new series.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Mosley always tells a compelling story, and this is no exception…. once you start reading this mystery, you won’t want to stop.”
—Library Journal

“The creator of Easy Rawlins, Socrates Fortlow and Fearless Jones introduces a new detective struggling to live down his checkered past in present—day New York.
Leonid McGill has never killed anyone maliciously, but he’s done plenty of other bad things. Still working as a private eye in his 50s, he’s decided to expiate his sins by going “from crooked to only slightly bent.” So he’s not eager to help Albany shamus Ambrose Thurman track down four men for vague and unpersuasive reasons, especially after he learns that one is dead, a second is in prison and a third is in a holding cell. Who pays $10,000 to locate men like these unless some further crime is involved? McGill isn’t any happier about finding a union accountant for midlevel mobster Tony ‘The Suit’ Towers. And he’s deeply troubled when his computer spying in his own home tells him that Twill, his wife Katrina’s 16—year—old son, plans to kill the father of a girl who’s been sending him distraught e—mails. But the PI’s heart drops to his shoes when he realizes that someone is executing the men he’s been hired to locate for Thurman…. McGill, a red—diaper baby, ex—boxer and a man eternally at war with himself, may be his most compelling hero yet.


“Mosley is as compelling a storyteller as anyone writing in the mystery genre today. He is a master of pace and suspense.”
—Philadelphia Inquirer

“[Mosley’s] fluid, economical prose, rich characterizations and a cleverly plotted story make for the kind of mystery reading experience few writers provide.”

“A writer whose work transcends category and qualifies as serious literature.”

“Mosley’s wild and wooly pacing, the events and the larger than life characters are refreshing examples of why the best pulp fiction continues to be so revered.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Walter Mosley delivers the goods … explosively distilled prose as powerful as homemade booze. Mosley has such a firm command over the mind and body of his lead character[s].”
—Chicago Tribune

“Mosley is one of the most humane, insightful, powerful prose stylists working today in any genre. He’s also one of the most radical … immerse yourself in the work of one of our national treasures.”
—The Austin Chronicle

“Only Mosley has employed detective fiction as a vehicle for a thoughtful, textured examination of race relations in the United States.”
—The Associated Press

“The charm of the characters and the author’s seemingly offhand but brilliant powers of description make the tight plotting all the more fun.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Exciting . . . Mosley is a cunning storyteller concerned with the more profound mysteries of American lives.”
—The Boston Globe