Walter Mosley is an American novelist of crime fiction and historical mystery novels. He is best known for his hardboiled detective series featuring Easy Rawlins. Mosley’s father was an African-American clerk in the U.S. Army and his mother was a personnel clerk of Russian-Jewish descent. As an only child, he used his imagination to fill the void that he would later be able to hone into his fiction career. His inspirations include Dashiell Hammett, Graham Greene and Raymond Chandler. In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton named him as one of his favourite authors.

Walter Mosley became a published author at the ripe age of 34, but hasn’t stopped writing since. His first novel was Devil in a Blue Dress, published in 1990. Below is a list of Walter Mosley’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Crosstown to Oblivion Books

The Gift of Fire and On the Head of a Pin (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Merge and Disciple (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stepping Stone and Love Machine (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Easy Rawlins Books

Devil in a Blue Dress (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Red Death (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
White Butterfly (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Betty (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Little Yellow Dog (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gone Fishin' (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bad Boy Brawly Brown (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Six Easy Pieces (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Little Scarlet (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cinnamon Kiss (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blonde Faith (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Little Green (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rose Gold (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Charcoal Joe (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Grove (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Fearless Jones Books

Fearless Jones (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fear Itself (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fear of the Dark (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Leonid McGill Books

The Long Fall (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Known to Evil (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Karma (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
When the Thrill Is Gone (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
All I Did Was Shoot My Man (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
And Sometimes I Wonder About You (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trouble Is What I Do (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Karma is a prequel to the series.

Publication Order of Socrates Fortlow Books

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Walkin' the Dog (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Right Mistake (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

RL's Dream (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Light (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Greatest (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man in My Basement (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
47 (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wave (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Diablerie (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fortunate Son (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing Johnny Fry (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tempest Tales (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Parishioner (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Odyssey (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Inside a Silver Box (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Further Tales of Tempest Landry (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Down the River unto the Sea (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
John Woman (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Whispers in the Dark (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jack Strong (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Archibald Lawless, Anarchist at Large (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Futureland (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Awkward Black Man (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Workin' on the Chain Gang (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What Next (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Life Out of Context (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This Year You Write Your Novel (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Twelve Steps Toward Political Revelation (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Folding the Red Into the Black (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Elements of Fiction Writing (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Plays

The Fall of Heaven (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Mystery Stories 1998(1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 2003(2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dangerous Women(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Transgressions(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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