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:

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Publication Order of Crosstown to Oblivion Books

The Gift of Fire and On the Head of a Pin (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Merge and Disciple (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stepping Stone and Love Machine (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Easy Rawlins Books

Devil in a Blue Dress (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Red Death (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
White Butterfly (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Black Betty (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Little Yellow Dog (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Gone Fishin' (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bad Boy Brawly Brown (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Six Easy Pieces (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Scarlet (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cinnamon Kiss (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blonde Faith (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Green (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rose Gold (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Charcoal Joe (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blood Grove (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Farewell, Amethystine (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Fearless Jones Books

Fearless Jones (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fear Itself (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fear of the Dark (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of King Oliver Books

Down the River unto the Sea (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Every Man a King (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Leonid McGill Books

The Long Fall (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Known to Evil (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Karma (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
When the Thrill Is Gone (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
All I Did Was Shoot My Man (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
And Sometimes I Wonder About You (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Trouble Is What I Do (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Karma is a prequel to the series.

Publication Order of Socrates Fortlow Books

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Walkin' the Dog (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Right Mistake (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

RL's Dream (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blue Light (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Greatest (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Man in My Basement (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
47 (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Wave (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Diablerie (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fortunate Son (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Killing Johnny Fry (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Tempest Tales (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Parishioner (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Odyssey (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Inside a Silver Box (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Further Tales of Tempest Landry (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
John Woman (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Touched (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Watt’s Lion (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Whispers in the Dark (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jack Strong (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Archibald Lawless, Anarchist at Large (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Futureland (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Awkward Black Man (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

The Thing: The Next Big Thing (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Workin' on the Chain Gang (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
What Next (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Life Out of Context (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
This Year You Write Your Novel (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Twelve Steps Toward Political Revelation (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Folding the Red Into the Black (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Elements of Fiction Writing (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Plays

The Fall of Heaven (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Transgressions Books

Transgressions (With: Stephen King,Lawrence Block,Anne Perry,Jeffery Deaver,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake,Bonnie Jeanne Perry,Joyce Carol Oates,John Farris) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Transgressions, Vol. 2 (By: Stephen King,Lawrence Block,Ed McBain,John Farris) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Transgressions, Vol. 3 (By: Anne Perry,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake,John Farris) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Transgressions, Vol. 4 (By: Anne Perry,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

The New Mystery(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Plot Thickens(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Writers on Writing(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Writing Los Angeles(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Short Stories 2003(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Mystery Stories 2003(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Reading the Bones(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dangerous Women(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Transgressions(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Darker Mask(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Freedom(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Civil Rights Reader(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Los Angeles Noir 2(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Black Pulp(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Obama Inheritance(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
California Schemin'(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crime Hits Home(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Suns 2(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

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2 Responses to “Order of Walter Mosley Books”

  1. Barry Frederick King: 3 years ago

    A big help for me thank you. Getting a bit mixed up in my senior years. Been a supporter of Walter Mosley for years.

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  2. Donna Wynn: 9 years ago

    Just what I needed! This list is perfect for helping me find the books I want to read, and the order I need to read them in! I’m trying to catch up on my favorite author!

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