Down the River Unto the Sea

Down the River Unto the Sea

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Ten years after serving time at Rikers Island for assault, Joe King Oliver, an ex-NYPD investigator working as a private detective, receives a note from a woman who admits she was paid to frame him, compelling him to find out who on the police force wanted him out. He also agrees to help a radical black journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and prostitutes in the city's poorest neighborhoods. The two cases intertwine, exposing a pattern of corruption and brutality wielded against black men, women, and children whose lives the law destroyed.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316509640
Branch Call Number: FIC MOSLEY
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Down the river to the sea


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IndyPL_KimE Mar 27, 2019

Joe King Oliver is an ex- cop trying to solve the mystery of who framed him. On his journey to clear his name, he struggles with good vs. evil and trust. Mosley doesn't disappoint with vibrant descriptors like that this one where he describes Gladstone Palmer, fellow police colleague and friend to Oliver:

"The door opened and the tall, athletic, eternal sergeant walked in. He was wearing a straw-colored sports jacket and trousers so dark green that they might have passed for black. The white shirt and blue tie were his mainstay, and that smile lived equally in his eyes and on his lips."

Oliver's run-ins with a seductive sociopath, militant journalists, politicians and more makes it hard to put this book down.

Aug 05, 2018

Walter Mosley, as usual provides a tightly knit story of suspense and murder. I struggled keeping all the characters straight in this book, but kept at it because he always has interesting characters.

Jun 20, 2018

Poorly written, too much detail. Did not finish.

Mar 03, 2018

if you are a Walter Mosley fan - no problem. Mosley introduces a new character - but you see glimpses of other characters - Mouse especially.

I am still not sure why he was thrown in Rikers in the first place.

This is possibly Mosley's way to leave Easy Rawlins behind and move into the 21st century.

Feb 28, 2018

Excellent. Joe King Oliver is a private detective, an ex-cop who had been framed, fired and sent to prison for sexual assault. Although freed when charges were dropped he had been brutalized in prison and his spirit broken. Years later he received an apology from the woman who filed the false accusation, and now is investigating the police corruption that lead to his arrest. Great writing, compelling characters, believable (as thrillers go) plot.


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