Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Series Length:
    15 Books
  • First Book:
    June 1990
  • Latest Book:
    February 2021
  • Main Genres:
    Suspense, African-American, Hard-Boiled
  • Rating:

The Easy Rawlins Series in Order (15 Books)

Order Book Genre Date Rating
1 Amateur Sleuth / AS 4
2 Amateur Sleuth / AS 5
3 Amateur Sleuth / AS 5
4 Amateur Sleuth / AS 4
5 Amateur Sleuth / AS 5
6 Amateur Sleuth / AS 3.5
7 Amateur Sleuth / AS 4
8 Amateur Sleuth / AS 5
9 Amateur Sleuth / AS 5

10 Mystery / M 5
11 Mystery / M 5
12 Mystery / M 5
13 Mystery / M 5
14 Mystery / M 4.5
15 Thriller / T 4

Book Descriptions for series: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

  • Book - 1

    Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will ...

  • Book - 2

    It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar-pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and the favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Da...

  • Book - 3

    The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested. Now they need Easy. As he says: "I was worth a preci...

  • Book - 4

    1961: Los Angeles' mean streets were never meaner ... or more deadly... .For most black Americans, these were times of hope. For former P.I. Easy Rawlins the present looked bleak, the future worse. Ordinarily, he'd have thrown the two bills in the sl...

  • Book - 5

    November 1963: Easy's settled into a steady gig as a school custodian. It's a quiet, simple existence--but a few moments of ecstasy with a sexy teacher will change all that. When the lady vanishes, Easy's stuck with a couple of corpses, the cops on h...

  • Book - 6

    In the beginning, there was Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins and Raymond "Mouse" Alexander--two young men setting out in life, hitting the road in a "borrowed" Ford headed for Pariah, Texas. The volatile Mouse wants to retrieve money from his stepfather so he ...

  • Book - 7

    EASY RAWLINS IS BACK From master storyteller Walter Mosley, author of the New York Times bestsellers Devil with a Blue Dress and Little Yellow Dog, comes the eagerly anticipated return of private eye Easy Rawlins, in a dazzling new novel of passio...

  • Book - 8

    The beloved Ezekiel Rawlins now has a steady job as senior head custodian of Sojourner Truth High School, a nice house with a garden, a loving woman, and children. He counts the blessings of leading a law-abiding life, but is "nowhere near happy." Ea...

  • Book - 9

    Easy Rawlins returns to solve a mystery set amid the flames of the hottest summer L.A. has ever seen. Just after devastating riots tear through Los Angeles in 1965 - when anger is high and fear still smolders everywhere - the police turn up at Eas...

  • Book - 10

    It is the Summer of Love and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armored car. It's farther outside the law than Easy has ever traveled, but his daughter, Feather, needs a medical treatment that costs far more than Easy can earn or borrow in time...

  • Book - 11

    Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Chrismas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that the ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. Easter...

  • Book - 12

    When Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, Devil in a Blue Dress -- a combustible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright -- he captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers (incl...

  • Book - 13

    Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, has been kidnapped by a black revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth. Their leader, Uhuru Nolica, is holding her for ransom and if he doesn’t receive the money, weapons, and apology he d...

  • Book - 14

    In this latest installment of the Easy Rawlins series from beloved and bestselling author Walter Mosley, the L.A. private eye has his hands full with the investigation of a racially charged murder. Easy Rawlins has started a new detective agency w...

  • Book - 15

    It is 1969, and flames can be seen on the horizon, protest wafts like smoke though the thick air, and Easy Rawlins, the Black private detective whose small agency finally has its own office, gets a visit from a white Vietnam veteran. The young man co...


Devil in a Blue Dress
1990 Shamus Award -- First P.I. Novel