Life has never been trouble-free for Easy Rawlins. This 10th installment in the popular Walter Mosley series provides some of the biggest challenges yet. The Watts riots have been extinguished and the Summer of Love is about to begin.
Easy’s daughter is very sick and needs a $35,000 medical procedure. Desperate for cash to save his girl, Easy agrees to take a suspicious case as a favor to a friend.
A small, mysterious man named Robert E. Lee is looking for a lawyer and his female assistant who have some important papers. Easy does some investigating in San Francisco and finds the dead lawyer and no sign of the assistant, “Cinnamon” Cargill.
Cinnamon Kiss follows Easy from San Francisco to Los Angeles. He conducts this investigation while distracted by family troubles. There’s no sign of Cinnamon or the documents that are worth murder to attain. However, all Easy can think about is the $35,000 he needs and the possible loss of those he loves.
Once again, Mosley deftly returns to another time and place. As Easy confronts his troubles on all fronts, readers are shown glimpses of life in the racially charges 1960’s.
The Easy Rawlins series should be read in sequence to sully appreciate Mosley’s strong lead character and his history. Cinnamon Kiss is as good as its predecessors, if not better. Surprising developments at the end leave readers in suspense and prove that the series is still going strong.