Longtime fans of Walter Mosley's iconic P.I. Easy Rawlins might understandably approach his newest noir hero, Leonid McGill, with a critical eye. Fortunately for Mosley, McGill is likeable and believably complex in a way that only a former boxer, meditator, son of a communist, husband in a failed marriage, father to kids who are not his own, can be. Mosley has left behind Rawlins's 1960s Los Angeles for the spit-shined, steely corporate world of modern New York City. But the shiny setting is little more than a facade covering the seedy underworld that will keep its hooks in a man like McGill even as he tries to "go from crooked to only slightly bent." In The Long Fall (Riverhead Hardcover), McGill is charged with tracking down four men that he knows only by their teenage street names. In the wake of him revealing the four real names to his client, the men start turning up dead, and McGill himself is attacked. The P.I. must then plumb the depths of corruption to find out what bound these four men together in a murderous fate.
Wed., April 8, 7 p.m., 2009