Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors-Leonid McGill's an old-school P.I. working a twenty-first-century Manhattan that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by-keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side-mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck, no questions asked. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, "decided to go from crooked to slightly bent." As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, it's clear that his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be a tricky proposition. This is the perfect setup for a mystery master working at the top of his form. And in The Long Fall, Walter Mosley has created a new, contemporary hero who has the unmistakable feel of an instant classic.
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by Walter Mosley
by Victoria Thompson
by Ellis Peters
by Diane Mott Davidson
by Joan Hess
"Walter Mosley has crafted an introspective, somewhat sad private investigator, Leonid McGill, whose goal is trying to maintain that difficult balance on a straight and narrow path. Mosley's book is intelligently written and thoughtful--even the descriptive, though never gratuitous, fight scenes. Mirron Willis's voice for McGill, an African-American in his early 50s, is amazingly consistent. The supporting characters who surround McGill--New York cops, his teenage stepson, his Scandinavian wife, a hired killer, and others--are diverse, and Willis gives each a tone and identity. But his forte is pacing--simple, quiet, deliberate pauses show McGill's introspection and reflect the predicament he's in. A wonderful debut for Mosley's latest character. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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