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The Man In My Basement by Walter Mosley
  

The Man In My Basement

Thriller / Suspense   Crime / Mystery   Books for the Boys   Literary Fiction   

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What a terrific novel. Provocative, compelling, original, startling and completely satisfying, it concerns a black man living in an inherited, crumbling house who takes a white man into his basement. It turns into a tense psychological battle in one of the most powerful pieces this great American crime writer has written. Youâve got to read it.

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Synopsis

The Man In My Basement by Walter Mosley

Charles Blakey is a young black man whose life is slowly crumbling. His parents are dead, he can't find a job, he drinks too much, and his friends have begun to desert him. Worst of all, he's fallen behind on the mortgage payments for the beautiful home that's belonged to his family for generations. When a stranger - a white man - offers him USD50,000 in cash to rent out his basement for the summer, Charles needs the money too badly to say no. He knows that the stranger must want something more than a basement view. Sure enough, he has a very particular - and bizarre - set of requirements, and Charles tries to satisfy him without getting lured into the strangeness. But he sees an opportunity to understand the secrets of the white world, and his summer with a man in his basement turns into a dark game of power and manipulation.

Reviews

A captivating read Metro A blissfully good read. The characters are robust, well-drawn speakers of sharp and intelligent dialogue. The plot moves swiftly and enticingly. New Books Mag A complex story of negotiating rage and self-loathing Times Literary Supplement This may well be his most powerful novel to date Uncut Mosley's most provocative and impassioned novel yet Kirkus Reviews A fabulous examination of personal responsibility in our changing world Time Out


About the Author

Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries; the novels Blue Light, RL's Dream, Futureland, Fearless Jones and Fear Itself; and two collections of stories - Always Outnumbered and Outgunned and Walkin' the Dog. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.

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Publication date

3rd November 2005

Author

Walter Mosley

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Publisher

Serpents Tail

Format

Paperback (b Format)
224 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Books for the Boys
Literary Fiction

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781852427900

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