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Easy Rawlins has taken a job as head custodian in a Los Angeles school. A black teacher asks him to take care of her dog, because she is having trouble with her husband. When her husband's twin brother turns up dead on school property, Easy tries to find out what happened, only to discover that her husband has been shot as well and the teacher has disappeared. The police suspect that he is involved, and he feels that he must find out what really happened to protect himself. The teacher gets in touch with him, but she gets killed while trying to recover some things she left with a girl friend.
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   Easy discovers that one of the twins had been involved with heroin smuggling, and that the girl friend was involved. The last shipment of drugs is missing, and the gangster for whom it was intended is threatening to kill her. Easy decides to try to return the drugs in order to appease the gangster. In the process his best friend is shot, but Easy manages to solve the murders.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   drugs Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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