By Walter Mosley
A prequel to the straightforward Rawlins secret sequence reveals a nineteen-year-old Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins and his spouse, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander, on a deadly 1939 odyssey that takes them from Houston to a mysterious bayou international of voodoo, intercourse, revenge, and dying. 150,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo. journey. IP.
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Who knows? Maybe I would’ve died out there in Pariah if Mouse hadn’t held me to his black heart. Chapter Seven When I woke up things seemed better. Dew weighed heavily on the grass and leaves around us. It was bright and early. A jay stood not five feet from us with a grasshopper crumpled in its beak. The jay looked at me and for some reason that made me happy. I could smell Mouse’s sour breath from over my shoulder; there was a tiny wheeze coming from him. Dead dogs and crazy family were far away for the moment.
If people were out in front of a building, on the raised wooden platform they had for sidewalk, and they were sitting in a chair - well, it was a homemade chair, something somebody threw together one morning before breakfast and then they sat in it for the next thirty years. But there weren’t too many people outside. A couple of women carrying large baskets on their heads and one lone buggy drawn by a spotted mare. The buggy was at such an angle on that slanted road that I expected to see it turn over at any minute.
An’ you know if ole Lemon lived round here I wouldn’t never even look at a guitar. Why would I bother when I could hear him? ‘But I can play out here an’ be who I wanna be ‘cause it’s only me who does it. Uh-huh, uh,’ and he started his wordless song again. I could see where Mouse learned a lot from William. He was a smooth character from his slicked-back hair to his way of talking in song. When he stopped again he asked me to come listen down in the store. ‘It ain’t Houston but we get pretty wild on a Friday night.