Mezz-Mystery-Thriller Club

This month, we're discussing Down the River, Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley, who is a very popular black mystery writer. Join us to visit one of his iconic characters as he solves a new crime.

Description


Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.

A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of -- and why.

Running in parallel with King's own quest for justice is the case of a Black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Joined by Melquarth Frost, a brilliant sociopath, our hero must beat dirty cops and dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King's client's, and King's own.

About the Author


Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and several NAACP Image Awards. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. His short fiction has appeared in a wide array of publications, including The New YorkerGQEsquireLos Angeles Times Magazine, and Playboy, and his nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book ReviewThe New York Times MagazineNewsweek, and The Nation. He is the author of Down the River unto the Sea. He lives in New York City.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event address: 
Auntie's Bookstore
402 W. Main
Spokane, WA 99201
Down the River unto the Sea Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316509633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - February 26th, 2019

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.