Last Updated on November 2, 2022

Residents Barbara and Charles Robinson will review Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley [New York: Random House, 2016] on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

Charcoal Joe is one of many mystery novels written by this prolific author. The story revolves around the crime of laundering gangster money for diamonds. A well-educated 18-year-old young man, Seymour, was found at a crime scene and is being charged with murder. Charcoal Joe, the young man’s father, asks private detective Easy Rawlins to investigate the crime.

Several complications in the situation confront Easy Rawlins. Charcoal Joe is in prison for laundering money and being close to the Mafia. The police and criminals alike count on the Los Angeles detective to solve tangled cases. He has friends in high and low places and has the reputation of getting the job done.

Author Walter Mosley has won numerous prestigious awards, including the O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and Grand Master Award given by the Mystery Writers of America.

Resident Barbara Robinson, a retired teacher, worked in public relations and marketing for The Baltimore Sun. Charles Robinson, a retired college professor, taught physics at Morgan State University. Both enjoy reading mysteries and other genres.