Black Betty (Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 4) by Walter Mosley

By Walter Mosley

1961: for many black americans, those have been instances of wish. For former P.I. effortless Rawlins, Los Angeles's suggest streets have been by no means meaner...or extra lethal. regularly, effortless could have thrown the 2 accounts within the sleazy shamus' face -- the white guy who sought after him to discover the infamous Black Betty, an ebony siren whose expertise for all issues wealthy and male took her from Houston's 5th Ward to Beverly Hills. there has been an excessive amount of effortless wasn't being informed, yet he couldn't withstand the chance of seeing Betty back, whether it killed him....

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But it happened to be de Bassompierre. It was also de Bassompierre who around 1812 corresponded with the Academic des Sciences, and offered the interesting theory that atoms might be compared to miniature solar systems, with negatively charged particles orbiting complex nuclei of different masses. " "Such statements," said Pepe with reserve, "are not easy to believe. " said Harrison fretfully. "It isn't possible. But this same de Bassompierre, who, by the way, died in 1858 at the age of liinety-one, also wrote to Desmarest, the geologist, and told him the facts of life about petroleum, including the products of fractional distillation.

This view produces a fine complacency. The other kind is a belief that the cosmos does make sense, and was designed with the idea that people were going to live in it, and that what they do and what happens to them is important. This theory seems to be depressing. Harrison had accepted the second view, but he was beginning to be frightened because of what he'd found in dusty, quill-pen-written pages in a library reading room. And he didn't like to be frightened. It was a very pleasant autumn afternoon, though.

Harrison turned pale. " When he'd said them, they'd seemed perfectly reasonable. They were meaningful. But now they weren't. They were associated with somebody named Napoleon the Third, to be sure. And of course there'd been a Napoleon the Third, just as there'd been a Napoleon the Fourth, and so on. But somehow it had seemed wrong. And there had never been a Maximilian of Mexico. "I suspect," he said in a sudden mixture of aversion and relief, "that I've cracked up. " But Pope's expression had changed, also.

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