Charles Blakey is a black man living in a black
neighborhood. Lately he has been drinking too much and
does not have a job. It just so happens that when he was
working as a teller at the bank, he thought it was fine to "borrow"
twenty dollars or so when he needed it and pay it back when he got
his check. However, when it came time to pay it back he
decided he needed to "borrow" a little more. When
Charles saw that no one noticed his "borrowing", he started to
wonder why he should even pay it back at all. The bank let him
go but did not prosecute him. In fact, Charles wasn't sure as
to why he lost his job. He found out when he had lunch with an
old friend who also worked at the bank.
Charles heard a knock
on his door. Much to his surprise, it was a white man named
Anniston Bennett. Anniston made Charles an offer he could not
believe. Anniston offered Charles a large sum of money to rent
out his basement for a couple of months. The basement
wasn't even an apartment - it was just an old cellar. At first
Charles refused. As time went on, Charles accepted the offer
of a little less than $50,000 for Anniston to move into his
What happens when Anniston moves into the
basement? Why does Anniston want to rent this basement
anyway? There must be some mysterious reason! How does
this affect Charles Blakey's life?
When you start to read the
first page of this Walter Mosley book your first response is "This
is going to be a great book". After the first page, it only
gets better - you are addicted. Walter does an excellent job
of building his characters from the very beginning.
writing style is one of the best. You are absorbed into the
story from page one
and find it hard to put this book
down. There is also plenty of suspense.
Mosley is the author of the Easy Rawlings mystery series. This
book is a departure from this type of series but really shows the
writing talent of Walter Mosley. Every mystery fan should read
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
DO NOT REPRINT
WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, NANCY