Like Michael Connelly's Hieronymous 'Harry' Bosch and John Connolly's Charlie Parker, Walter Mosley's Socrates Fortlow has a name to live up to, and like them, he certainly does.
Socrates is not a young man; he's survived twenty seven years in jail for murder, and he now aims to spend his days trying to be helpful, to do good and not to be violent any more to help atone for his wrong-doing. However that violence is always still simmering underneath, and he's not afraid to use it in self-defence or defence of his friends. He tries hard to make ends meet, finds a job, and mentors young Darryl who would otherwise be in a gang, and he's a good peacemaker - even if he has to administer a punch or two to get it!
This is a series of short stories, some previously published in other sources. They may belie this by each having a few similar sentences to establish Socrates situation at the outset, but they all entwine and work beautifully as a chronological cycle of tales too. Socrates is a classic hard man with a soft centre, a good friend to those who know him well and a sympathetic hero with real depth. Absolutely fantastic.
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned: The Socrates Forllow Stories Audio Cassette – Unabridged, 1 October 1997
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- ASIN : 0787116467
- Publisher : Dove Entertainment Inc; Unabridged edition (1 October 1997)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0787121991
- ISBN-13 : 978-0787116460
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 3.18 x 18.42 cm
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A first-class story cycle of a hard man hero with a soft centre.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2008
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Prime MosleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2019
I’ve read most of Mosley’s books and this ranks amongst the best. Moving, insightful, and poetic. Classifying this simply as “crime” writing does it a disservice: it offers deep insight into the human condition. And it’s a great read...
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Good but I love Easy Rawlins
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2018
A great read
L. V. Rodgers
Oh thank you!!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2013
Walter Mosley is my new favourite author, recently given to me by my reading buddy. And Socrates Fortlow is just the hero to comment, respond, act in this mixed up world of ours