From the author of the internationally bestselling Easy Rawlins series comes a literary novel about the blues
Winner of the 1996 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award in Fiction
Soupspoon Wise is dying on the unforgiving streets of New York City, years and worlds away from the Mississippi delta, where he once jammed with blues legend Robert "RL" Johnson. It was an experience that burned indelibly into Soupspoon's soul - never mind that they said RL's gift came from the Devil himself. Now it's Soupspoon's turn to strike a deal with a stranger. An alcoholic angel of mercy, Kiki Waters isn't much better off than Soupspoon, but she too is a child of the South, and knows its pull. And she is determined to let Soupspoon ride out the final notes of his haunting blues dream, to pour out the remarkable tale of what he's seen, where he's been - and where he's going.
Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries; the novels Blue Light, RL's Dream, Futureland, Fearless Jones and Fear Itself; and two collections of stories. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.
The Easy Rawlins series: Cinnamon Kiss (Bfmt Jan 07);
Devil in a Blue Dress;