Young journalism student Felix Orlean is in over his head. Against his better judgment, he is temporarily under the employ of the mad yet charismatic anarchist detective Archibald Lawless, a witness to murder, and under investigation for the theft of millions of dollars in red diamonds. Caught in an impossible predicament, Orlean plunges into an underworld populated by shady denizens. With Lawless, he unravels a big-money conspiracy involving cold-blooded assassination, hide-away real estate in Manhattan, a network of international criminals, a lethal siren named Lana Drexel, and the richest man in Canada.
A brilliant, absurdist novella and a biting work of political commentary, Walter Mosley’s “Archibald Lawless” is a masterpiece of contemporary American crime fiction.
Walter Mosley is the author of more than 50 books, most notably 13 Easy Rawlins mysteries, the first of which, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into an acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington. Always Outnumbered, adapted from his first Socrates Fortlow novel,… More about Walter Mosley
“A writer whose work transcends category and qualifies as serious literature.”—Time
“Walter Mosley delivers the goods…explosively distilled prose as powerful as homemade booze.”—Chicago Tribune
“Exciting . . . Mosley is a cunning storyteller concerned with the more profound mysteries of American lives.” —The Boston Globe
“Mosley’s wild and wooly pacing, the events and the larger than life characters are refreshing examples of why the best pulp fiction continues to be so revered.” —Los Angeles Times
“Mosley is one of the most humane, insightful, powerful prose stylists working today in any genre. He’s also one of the most radical…. Immerse yourself in the work of one of our national treasures.” —The Austin Chronicle