All I Did Was Shoot My Man

All I Did Was Shoot My Man

Book - 2012
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Seven years ago, Zella Grisham was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and grand theft. After two years of fruitless negotiations, Zella was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison, mainly because she refused to give up her accomplices in a $6.8 million heist from Rutgers Assurance Corp.

But Zella had played no part in that heist. PI Leonid McGill had planted the evidence. All Zella had done was shoot her man, her cheating husband Harry Tangelo, when she'd caught him in bed with her best friend. That was a long time ago, and McGill has regrets. So he hires a hotshot attorney to set her free.

Zella's big regret is that she tried to kill Tangelo. McGill agrees to track him down but the trail leads back to Rutgers Assurance, and the man who paid McGill to plant the evidence is found dead. As Zella is hounded and an attempt is made on McGill's life, the detective realises the case is more complicated than he had ever imagined - but can he live long enough to sort it out?

Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012.
ISBN: 9780297866787
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 24 cm.


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Norman C. Smith
May 18, 2013

I found this book to be weaker than others by Mosley. The motivation of the main actors seems weak to me, and over-all the book is less engaging that what I expected. On the other hand, Mosley remains a good writer and this book is still better than a lot of others out there. So, my conclusion: read it if you are a fan of Walter Mosley, but if you haven't read any of his books so far, try out the ones set in LA first.

GManBruce Apr 22, 2012

Once again, Leonid McGill offers us a deeply passaged look into his personal world of NYC, his family travails and the ins and outs of those needing help from their troubles and themselves. I love this guy and I love how Mr. Mosley shares him with us.

Mar 17, 2012

Not his best but good as always from Mosley

Feb 27, 2012

Page turner in Mosley's usual New York City urban black prose with his usual mix of family crisis when he tried to do amend to one of his past victim.

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