Paris Minton is quietly managing his used book store in 1955 Watts. A visit from his friend Fearless Jones disrupts the solitude. It seems Fearless is doing a favor for a friend and needs the help of Paris.
The pair set out to locate Kit Mitchell, seller of misrepresented watermelons. What they find instead is a darker criminal element. The more questions Paris and Fearless ask, the more dangerous the answers become.
Fear Itself takes transports readers to 1950's pre-riot Los Angeles, when the area still had citrus groves and undeveloped land. The novel is the follow-up to Mosely's Fearless Jones.
The story's duo make a great team. Paris is quiet and cautious. Fearless, like his name, is impulsive with a toughness learned from World War II. Their differences compliment each other and aid to get the pair out of various jams.
Many characters are introduced in Fear Itself. Sometimes it's hard to remember who is responsible for what, so read slowly and carefully. Several crimes are woven together. Mosely meticulously peels back each layer of the story to reveal a compelling little drama.
Mosely sets a wonderful tone for this novel. The South-Central setting and character relationships give Fear Itself great depth and authenticity.