Get deep into trouble with these new crime fiction thrillers
|Toronto Star 21 Feb 2020 at 07:33|
Mulholland, 176 pages, $30
In Walter Mosely’s latest novel featuring the New York City P.I., Leonid McGill, a 94-year-old Mississippi blues singer named Catfish Worry arrives in town to hire McGill to deliver a letter. Uncomplicated as this seems, the story behind the letter sends McGill on a route through every sort of menace on offer in the Big Apple.
Decades earlier, Catfish Worry had an affair with a patrician white woman. The affair produced a son, who looks white and is entirely racist; he founded a bank and made billions. Now the man’s daughter, who also appears to be white, is about to marry a young man suitable to her father. But first Catfish wants the bride-to-be to read a letter written a long time ago by the girl’s long deceased grandmother explaining the family’s Black roots.
It’s clear that only a tough and decent old school guy like McGill could steer through a plot as heavy in potential turmoil as this one.