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

(with Janet Evanovich, Lawrence Block, Linda Fairstein, Nelson DeMille, Donald E Westlake, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Nancy Pickard, Edna Buchanan, Ann Rule)

The Plot Thickens (With: Janet Evanovich,Lawrence Block,Linda Fairstein,Nelson DeMille,Donald E Westlake,Mary Higgins Clark,Carol Higgins Clark,Nancy Pickard,Edna Buchanan,Ann Rule) (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
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 Akashic Noir Books

(with Laura Lippman, Joseph Hansen, Raymond Chandler, S J Rozan, Julie Smith, James Grady, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald, Margaret Millar, James M. Cain, Ernesto Mallo, Gary Phillips, Duane Swierczynski, Stephen Blackmoore, Scott Phillips, , William Gault, Leigh Brackett, Naomi Hirahara, Chester Himes, Edwidge Danticat, , Peter Spiegelman, Jervey Tervalon, Ben H. Winters, Charles Yu, , Patricia Powell, , , , , , , Denise Hamilton, Marlon James)

Bronx Noir (By: S J Rozan) (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chicago Noir (By: ) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Baltimore Noir (By: Laura Lippman) (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
New Orleans Noir (By: Julie Smith) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Los Angeles Noir (By: Denise Hamilton) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wall Street Noir (By: Peter Spiegelman) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (With: Joseph Hansen,Raymond Chandler,James Ellroy,Ross Macdonald,Margaret Millar,James M. Cain,William Gault,Leigh Brackett,Naomi Hirahara,Chester Himes,Jervey Tervalon,,Denise Hamilton) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mexico City Noir (By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Haiti Noir (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kingston Noir (By: Patricia Powell,,,,,Marlon James) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Haiti Noir 2 (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
St. Louis Noir (By: Scott Phillips) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Montana Noir (By: James Grady) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Buenos Aires Noir (By: Ernesto Mallo) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Speculative Los Angeles (By: Duane Swierczynski,Stephen Blackmoore,,,Ben H. Winters,Charles Yu,,,Denise Hamilton) (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Best American Short Stories Books

The Best Short Stories of 1915 (1916)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1916 (1916)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1917 (1917)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1918 (1918)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1919 (1919)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1921 (1921)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1922 (1922)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1923 (1923)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1924 (1924)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1925 (1925)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1926 (1926)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1927 (1927)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1928 (1928)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1929 (1929)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1930 (1930)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1931 (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1932 (1932)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1933 (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1934 (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1935 (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1936 (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1937 (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1938 (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1939 (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1940 (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories 1941 (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1944 (1944)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (1945)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1946 (1946)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1948 (1948)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1949 (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1950 (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1951 (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1952 (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1953 (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1959 (1959)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1965 (1965)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1966 (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1967 (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1968 (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories of 1969 (1969)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1971 (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1972 (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1974 (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1977 (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1980 (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1984 (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2001 (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories1921 (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Plot Thickens(1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
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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2 Responses to “Order of Walter Mosley Books”

  1. Barry Frederick King: 3 months 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: 6 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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