Despite the dubious honour of being President Clinton’s favourite author, Mosley has become the most successful black crime writer in the world. Devil in a Blue Dress won the 1991 Crime Writers’ Association’s John Creasey Award for Best First, and his skills have developed in subsequent books. Set in the late Forties, most have featured Easy Rawlins, a man of complex mortality, living on the edge of a criminal world in which his colour automatically puts him under suspicion. What distinguishes Mosley’s books is how well they are written, in short rhythmic sentences whose apparent simplicity disguises exceptional skill. Other titles include Black Betty and White Butterfly.
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