Fear Itself

Version: Unabridged
Author: Walter Mosley
Narrator: Don Cheadle
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: July 2003
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Paris Minton doesn't want any trouble, but in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble finds him, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. When the nephew of the wealthiest woman in L.A. is missing and wanted for murder, she hires Jefferson T. Hill, a former sheriff of Dawson, Texas, to track him down and prove his innocence. When Hill goes missing too, she tricks his friend Fearless Jones and Paris Minton into picking up the case. Paris steps inside the world of the black bourgeoisie. and it turns out to be filled with deceit and corruption. It takes everything he has just to stay alive through a case filled with twists and turns and dead ends like he never imagined.

Reviews (6)

Mosley again

Written by Barbara on December 11th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love Walter Mosley; I enjoyed this book as well, although the characters and the dialogue were somewhat hard to follow at times. I think he's easier to read in print.

Great Choice

Written by Anonymous on August 12th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved the movie "Devil in a Blue Dress" but never got into reading Walter Mosley. I selected this book because Don Cheadle was narrating. And what a great choice. I recommend this book to anyone who wants an introduction to Walter Mosley. It is only six CDs so not a huge commitment, great story and characters, and Don Cheadle is a great narrator.

fear itself

Written by Kathy on May 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

First, Don Cheadle is a phenomenal narrator. Every character had a different, and totally believable, voice. Second, the story itself kept my interest. I could see the scenes as they were being read - it was like having a "film noir" movie for my ears

Good book

Written by Anonymous from Suffolk, VA on November 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I like W. Mosley's books. They are a refreshing change to what I usually read. They have suspense mystery that I like, but I also like the fact the stories are set in a different decade. I like the main characters and their incredible friendship.

Fear it self

Written by Anonymous from Vallejo, CA on August 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book started out very good and kept me captivated, but the ending left me wanting more.


Written by Audrey Williams on November 7th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5


Author Details

Author Details

Mosley, Walter

"Walter Mosley is the author of twelve books and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His popular mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins and his friend Raymond ""Mouse"" Alexander began with Devil in a Blue Dress. It was published by W.W. Norton in 1990, and was nominated for an Edgar. The TriStar film, ""Devil in a Blue Dress,"" produced by Jonathan Demme, directed by Carl Franklin, and starring Denzel Washington and Jennifer Beals was released in the fall of 1995 and garnered critical acclaim and many awards. Others in the series, A Red Death and White Butterfly were also nominated for several awards. Black Betty and A Little Yellow Dog were New York Times bestsellers.

The independent Black Classic Press located in Baltimore, Maryland published the prequel to the Rawlins' series in January 1997. Mosley decided to give a novel to a small black publishing house, because he felt it was important ""to create a model that other writers, black or not, can look at to see that it's possible to publish a book successfully outside mainstream publishing in New York."" Gone Fishin' was published in paperback by Pocket in January 1998. Audio rights went to Dove Audio and the first serial was sold to Essence.

W.W. Norton published Mosley's blues novel, RL's Dream in 1995 to critical acclaim. It was a finalist for the NAACP Award in Fiction and won the 1996 Black Caucus of the American Library Association's Literary Award. Washington Square Press published the book in paperback. In the fall of 1997, Mosley introduced a new character, ex-con Socrates Fortlow, whose move to contemporary Los Angeles infuses the episodic tales with ethical and political considerations. W.W. Norton published Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned: The Socrates Fortlow Stories, excerpts from which have been published in Esquire, GQ, USA Weekend, Buzz, and Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine. One of these new stories was an O'Henry Award winner for 1996 and is featured in Prize Stories 1996: The O'Henry Awards edited by William Abraham. The collection of stories was made into an HBO/NYC and Palomar Pictures film, starring Laurence Fishburne, Natalie Cole, Cicely Tyson and Bill Cobbs. The feature, directed by Michael Apted (""Gorillas in the Mist"") had a screenplay written by Mosley and premiered on HBO on March 21, 1998. The book was also awarded the Anisfield Wolf Award, an honor given to works that increase the appreciation and understanding of race in America.

Little Brown & Company published the next installment in the life of Socrates Fortlow, Walkin' The Dog in the fall of 1999. HBO once again commissioned a Mosley screenplay to be based on this new collection. Little Brown & Company also published Mosley's first science fiction novel, Blue Light in November 1998. The book was on The Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists and won accolades for its daring invention and vision. He was also awarded the TransAfrica International Literary Prize this same season for all of his work. In the winter of 2000, Mosley joined the list of luminaries writing for The Library of Contemporary Thought, published by Ballantine Books. His work, ""Workin' on the Chain Gang"" used the perspective of race history to examine the American economic and political machine. This year, The New York Times included Mosley's contribution to the newspaper's series, ""Writers on Writing,"" in their book publication of those columns.

In 1996 Mosley was named the first Artist-in-Residence, at the Africana Studies Institute, New York University. Since that residency, he has continued to work with the department, creating an innovative lecture series entitled ""Black Genius"" which brings diverse speakers from art, politics and academe to discuss practical solutions to contemporary issues. Designed as a ""public classroom"" these lectures have included speakers ranging from Spike Lee to Angela Davis. In February 1999, W.W. Norton published the collection as Black Genius, with a Mosley introduction and essay.

His short fiction has been published in a wide array of publications including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, USA Weekend, Los Angeles Times Magazine and Savoy. For the latter, Mosley is publishing a story a month for the magazine's 2001 launch year. The series is called ""The Tempest Tales"" in homage to Langston Hughes' ""Simple Stories."" The American Society of Magazine Editors has honored a story he published in GQ, ""The Black Woman in the Chinese Hat,"" in 2000; GQ is a finalist in the fiction category for the award.

In 2001 Mosley returned to the mystery world with the debut of the 'Fearless Jones' series, set in 1950's Los Angeles and introducing second-hand bookstore owner Paris Minton and his best friend, war veteran Fearless Jones, the novel is already garnering early praise.

Mosley created with the City University of New York (CUNY) a new publishing certificate program aimed at young urban residents. It is the only such program in the country. Mosley also serves on the board of directors of the National Book Awards, The Poetry Society of America, and is past-president of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in New York City."