Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Three decades ago, the young Socrates had, in a burst of drunken rage, murdered a man and a woman with his huge "rock-breaking hands." Twenty-seven years of hard time in an Indiana prison followed. Now Socrates lives in a cramped two-room apartment in an abandoned building in Watts, scavenging bottles and delivering groceries for a supermarket. In each of the linked stories that comprise this richly brooding work, Socrates, like his namesake, explores philosophical questions of morality in a world beset with crime, poverty, and racism. He is an unforgettable presence and his perceptions cast a glow of somber lyricism upon an often harsh world.

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Review: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (Socrates Fortlow #1)

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Short stories with one central character. It's so easy to label a person. Even our selves. To me Socrates was a man who lived, made mistakes and also spread love and care in a rough world. Read full review

Review: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (Socrates Fortlow #1)

User Review  - Mary Hawley - Goodreads

This collection of connected short stories introduces Socrates Fortlow, an ex-con who is nearly overwhelmed by the violent forces within him and within society. The characters' lives are as bleak as ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Walter Mosley was born in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 1952. He graduated from Johnson State College in Vermont. His first book, Devil in a Blue Dress, was published in 1990, won a John Creasy Award for best first novel, and was made into a motion picture starring Denzel Washington in 1995. He is the author of the Easy Rawlins Mystery series, the Leonid McGill Mystery series, and the Fearless Jones series. His other works include Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, 47, Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, and Twelve Steps toward Political Revelation. He has received numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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