The Right Mistake: The Further Philosophical Investigations of Socrates Fortlow

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Basic Books, Sep 29, 2009 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Living in south central L.A., Socrates Fortlow is a sixty-year-old ex-convict still strong enough to kill men with his bare hands. Filled with profound guilt about his own crimes and disheartened by the chaos of the streets, Socrates calls together local people of all races and social stations and begins to conduct a Thinkers' Club, where all can discuss life's unanswerable questions.

Infiltrated by undercover cops and threatened by strain from within, the Thinkers' Club doesn't have it easy. But simply by debating racial authenticity, street justice, and the possibility of mutual understanding, Socrates and his unlikely crew actually begin to make a difference.

The Right Mistake is Walter Mosley at his most incisive. At once an affectionate and coruscating portrait of ghetto life, it abides the possibility of personal redemption and even, with great struggle, social change.


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User Review  - rsalley76 - LibraryThing

Not as good as the rest of the series and a bit disjointed. I don't think Mosley did a good job of tying Walkin the Dog to this one. There was only a brief mention of Iula and none of the dog at all ... Read full review

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User Review  - diananagy - LibraryThing

Wow this book was a great read! I honestly didn't think I would enjoy it but upon beginning, I kept reading. I am the type of person who reads about 50 books at a time, seriously...but when I started ... Read full review



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Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, including national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RL's Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin' the Dog. He lives in New York City.

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