Picks and Pans Review: Cinnamon Kiss

updated 10/10/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/10/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

By Walter Mosley

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Easy Rawlins's daughter Feather has a rare disease only treatment at a Swiss clinic can cure. Hard up for cash, Easy considers an armored-car heist with pal Mouse but opts for a lucrative missing-persons case: Lawyer's aide Cinnamon Cargill, it seems, has vanished into an enclave he knows inside out--South-Central L.A. The armored-car job might have been less trouble. Lined with corpses, the trail takes Easy up to San Francisco during its Summer of Love, and he becomes the next target. Snappy dialogue and brisk pacing mark this terrifically entertaining 10th installment, but it's Easy's introspection--about race in America, about his crumbling relationship with his girlfriend, even about the way women like Cinnamon use sex as a tool--that elevates this from crime fiction to high art.

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