Fearless Jones

Fearless Jones

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Mosley returns to mysteries at last with his most engaging hero since Easy Rawlins. When Paris Minton meets a beautiful new woman, before he knows it he has been beaten up, slept with, shot at, robbed, and his bookstore burned to the ground. He's in so much trouble he has no choice but to get his friend, Fearless Jones, out of jail to help him.

Baker & Taylor
In a mystery set in 1950s Los Angeles, small-time used bookstore owner Paris Minton enlists the aid of his friend, Fearless Jones, to uncover the identity of a mysterious and beautiful woman who seems to be linked to a series of bizarre attacks against Minton.

Blackwell North Amer
Paris Minton is minding his own business - a small used-book store of which he is the proud proprietor - when a beautiful woman named Elana Love walks in and asks a few questions. Within the next twenty-four hours, Paris has been beaten up, made love to, shot at, and robbed, and his bookstore has been burned to the ground. He's in so much trouble he has no choice but to get his friend Fearless Jones out of jail to help.
Fearless Jones is an army veteran, a man who is proud of his accomplishments during World War II and refuses to step into the background now that the war is over. Violence dogs Fearless's every step, and Paris has tried to keep his distance. But there's no friend like the one you need.
The two set out to find the elusive Elana Love, and every step leads them deeper into a bewildering vortex of money and betrayal. Their questions bring out a ruthless and racist cop, a gang of vicious excons, and an elderly Jewish woman who is as determined to help the two friends as others are to harm them. These two black men in 1950s Los Angeles have few rights, little money, and no recourse under attack. But they have their friends, their wits, and their knowledge of the way the world really works to help them prevail.

Baker
& Taylor

In the debut of a new mystery series set in 1950s Los Angeles, small-time used bookstore owner Paris Minton enlists the aid of his friend, Fearless Jones, to uncover the identity of a mysterious and beautiful woman who seems to be linked to a series of bizarre attacks against Minton. 125,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316592383
0316592382
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 25 cm

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lukasevansherman
Aug 14, 2016

"I've never respected law enforcement, merely feared it."
Walter Mosley is the author of the long-running, Los Angeles-set Easy Rawlins series. I'm a big fan of classic noir and hardboiled fiction, but as a 21st century reader I can't help but notice that in the majority of them black characters are, at best, marginal (servants, bellhops) and, at worst, non-existent. The Harlem novels of Chester Himes are a notable exception. Mosley's books aren't explicitly political, but their awareness of race adds a depth that is not always found in the genre. He takes a break from Rawlins with "Fearless Jones," about a bookseller and his friend who get wrapped up in arson, murder, and police corruption. Followed by "Fear Itself."

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