Trouble Is What I Do (Leonid McGill) (Hardcover)

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In this latest addition to Moseley’s new Leonid McGill series, P.I.  McGill is contacted by an elderly Mississippi jazz musician, “Catfish” Worry, who asks him to deliver a letter to a wealthy young heiress. This seemingly simple task becomes immediately complex when the contents of the letter reveal the black lineage of the assumedly white young woman. The letter is from Worry’s late wife to his granddaughter.  The young woman’s wealthy albeit corrupt father is Catfish’s estranged son. The task of delivering the letter and its explosive contents is tantalizing for Leonid but causes him to navigate some treacherous waters, putting himself and his son at great risk.  This short but powerful story is not to be missed. Moseley is a fabulous storyteller and despite the book’s brevity, its impact is very powerful. More McGill books please!

— From Susan


Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back -- and investigating crimes against society's most downtrodden -- in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist.

Leonid McGill's spent a lifetime building up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help when Phillip Worry comes knocking.

Phillip "Catfish" Worry is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman who needs Leonid's help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to do a simple favor while shocking the prevailing elite is too much for Leonid to resist.

But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding before her powerful father kills those who hold their family's secret.

Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth -- no matter the cost.

About the Author

Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including an Edgar Award for best novel, the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and several NAACP Image awards.

His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. His short fiction has appeared in a wide array of publications, including the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Playboy, and his nonfiction has been published in the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and the Nation. He is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series, including most recently Charcoal Joe. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

"This gifted raconteur of the African American experience has produced an absorbing noir beauty of a tale."—Richard Lipez, The Washington Post

"A slim volume with the feel of a fable and the concision of a blues scale. Minor characters have marvelous names-Archibald Lawless, Dido Kazz, Mozelle Tot-and move with ageless grace. 'I felt a kinship to all of them,' Leonid thinks. So do we."—Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"Good to have you back, Leonid."—John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

"The charms of this short novel lie in Mosley's memorable characters, his portrayal of the world McGill inhabits and the author's uniquely lyrical writing style."—Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press

"[Mosley] wanders through a few underworlds of the New York City crime category, always a treat for readers, and one that packs a moral punch. Mosley is, quite simply, an icon of detective fiction, and with each new novel in the McGill series he's making New York noir his own just as he did with Los Angeles."—LitHub

"Spieled in a powerful, streamlined voice, this wrenching American noir will stick with readers long after the final page."—Booklist

"Watching McGill coolly deploy the physical and intellectual skills he'd acquired in his previous life as an underworld "fixer" provides the principal pleasure of this installment, along with Mosley's own way of making prose sound like a tender, funny blues ballad...Mosley delivers enough good stuff to let you know a master's at work."—Kirkus
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316491136
ISBN-10: 0316491136
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: February 25th, 2020
Pages: 176
Series: Leonid McGill