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A Red Death (Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 2) by Walter Mosley

By Walter Mosley

It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting l. a., an ethical tar pit able to swallow effortless Rawlins. effortless is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and prefer) company whilst a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. designated Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, bargains to bail him out if he is of the same opinion to infiltrate the 1st American Baptist Church and undercover agent on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's while the murders begin....

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Ten years later, over a hundred police were required to guard him between the Tokyo docks and the Imperial Hotel. On a two-month visit to Europe in 1931, which included a short detour into Africa, he had to abandon shopping expeditions in Algiers and Marrakech. In Berlin, he was the guest of the Reichstag. In Paris, the Briand Cabinet attended his investiture into the Legion of Honour. G. Wells, J. M. Barrie, Emil Ludwig, Lloyd George, Lady Astor, the King and Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Connaught and Bernard Shaw.

Which indeed he was, even though his conceit was a kind of bluster covering up the rueful knowledge that he was no more than a big fish in a tiny and socially rather murky pond of Southern California. On lonely evenings—and Chaplin always prized the good artist’s retreat into the loneliness that breeds ideas—he liked to go over to a favourite cafe in Santa Monica owned and run by one Nat Goodwin, a light comedian who had long ago established himself in London as what Max Beerbohm, among others, thought of as the supreme ‘American mime’.

It was probably about as luxurious as any of the rooms Chaplin rented in the boarding-houses of pre-war England, and as I was to learn, in working there the following year, it reflected Chaplin’s deep distrust of elegant surroundings whenever there was serious work on hand. It was also, it now strikes me, the reassuring home base that some men whose childhoods have been grindingly poor require in the years of their affluence. Chaplin himself had noticed the same trait in Bronco Billy Anderson and may have caught from him the courage to indulge it.

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