Down the River Unto the Sea

Down the River Unto the Sea

From trailblazing novelist Walter Mosley: a former NYPD cop once imprisoned for a crime he did not commit must solve two cases: that of a man wrongly condemned to die, and his own. Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him From trailblazing novelist Walter Mosley: a former NYPD cop once imprisoned for a crime he did not commit must solve ...

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Title:Down the River Unto the Sea
Author:Walter Mosley
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Down the River Unto the Sea
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Down the River Unto the Sea Reviews

  • Ann
    Apr 02, 2018
    As with most Walter Mosley books, this one is fast-paced, has strong dialog, and well-drawn characters. There are two main storylines - the case Joe King Oliver has been hired to investigate and his investigations into his own case. At times, it?s hard to keep them separate. Not his ...
  • J.R.
    Mar 04, 2018
    We are defined by our weaknesses. For Joe King Oliver the weakness has always been his sexual drive. It compelled him to disregard "...duties and promises, vows and common sense" and ended his career as an NYPD investigator. Disgraced and haunted by losses, his beloved job and his wi...
  • Don Gorman
    Mar 08, 2018
    (3 1/2). Walter Mosely has great chops. I can't always keep track of his many protagonists but they are all terrific. Joe King Oliver is no exception. Flawed, principled, a dutiful father and a wonderful son of a bitch, he carries this story with a couple of outstanding supporting effo...
  • Cynthia
    Jan 30, 2018
    Though this isn?t the best of Mosley?s books is still darn enjoyable. His writing style is more reminiscent of Chandler in Down the River unto the Sea and though the characters lead live distant from most of us common mortals they?re relatable with an emphasis on the gray area be...
  • Columbus
    Jan 14, 2018
    Walter Mosley is one of the very few writers writing in any genre that I would read without knowing anything about the book. He?s normally pretty consistent in his writing and though he typically writes similar-type mystery potboilers he uses different P.I.?s in a number of differe...
  • Robert Intriago
    Mar 13, 2018
    It has been awhile since I read a book by this author, about 15 years. I decided to do so in case he had changed his pattern of having a main character that bordered between good and evil. To my surprise it had not changed. The main character is a former policeman turned private invest...
  • Joe
    Apr 13, 2018
    The issue with Down the River Unto the Sea is that every new Walter Mosley story is measured against his previous books and this one falls short. Not every book has to rate as high as Mosley's Easy Rawlins series but our central character here - Joe King Oliver - doesn't measure up wit...
  • Lou
    Feb 23, 2018
    First person narrative of a man not in blue no more and then orange and then as a pi from Queens in a one man service, King Detective Service. There are simple truths and there are more complex truths and there is freemen in sense of no longer in prison and following his days to exone...
  • Alan
    Apr 09, 2018
    This has a solid new character for veteran crime writer Walter Mosley in disgraced former policeman / now private detective Joe King Oliver. It also gives Oliver a good guy / bad guy partnership with a former hoodlum / now watchmaker Melquarth Frost as the heavy to provide a foil such ...
  • DP Lyle
    Jan 23, 2018
    Joe Oliver had once been a respected NYPD homicide detective. He had also been a convicted felon. Framed by his enemies, beaten and broken in prison, he is suddenly and unexpectedly released. None of it makes sense but Joe accepts his fate and moves on, becoming a private investigator....
  • Asheley
    Mar 20, 2018
    This was an awesome introduction (for me) into the work of Walter Mosley. These days, I live forcomplicated cop or detective stories and Joe King Oliver fits solidly into that category.King is a former NYPD cop that was unfairly framed by someone else on the force. He was sent to R...
  • Bob Reiss
    Feb 22, 2018
    In Down the River Unto the Sea Walter Mosley does something thoroughly impressive, he manages to put together a book that is both timely and timeless, a classic detective story written for a troubled time. The set up is classic noir, Joe King Oliver is a flawed man but a good cop. When...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    Jan 11, 2018
    Since this is not my first roll in the hay with Mr. Walter Mosley's writing I expected exactly what I got. What I got was a gritty, police procedural of an ex-detective, Joe King Oliver, making his way in life as a Private Investigator on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Let's refer to hi...
  • Kevintipple
    Apr 05, 2018
    Joe King Oliver has been out of prison for 10 years as Down The River Unto The Sea by Walter Mosley begins. A disgraced NYPD detective, these days he runs a small private investigative agency consisting of himself and his wise beyond her years teenage daughter. He does so from small of...
  • Andrew Smith
    Mar 18, 2018
    If you want to understand Joe Oliver, Mosely?s front man in his latest offering, then look no further than his tastes in books and music. He took to reading when he was locked up on Rikers Island, having been framed for a crime he didn?t commit. Throughout this tale he?s ever rea...
  • Raven
    Mar 04, 2018
    Although he ranks alongside James Lee Burke and James Ellroy in Raven?s trinity of favourite contemporary American crime authors, it is highly unusual for me to post a review of his work, as he is always read in a vacuum of serenity outside of critical reading, and imminent reviewing...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    Feb 28, 2018
    ???? / 5 rounded up. First of all, thank you to Little, Brown and Company for sending me a review copy of this book! All opinions are my own. I had a REALLY hard time rating Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley. I knew I was going to give it a 3.5, but figuring...
  • Gloria Feit
    Feb 20, 2018
    From the publisher: Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD?s finest investigators until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he was framed for assault by his enemies within the force, a charge that landed him at Rikers. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his ...
  • Jamele (BookswithJams)
    Dec 25, 2017
    Thank you to NetGalley for an electronic ARC of this book. I have never read Walter Mosley before, but what a great book! Joe King Oliver is a former NYPD cop that was at Rivers for a crime he did not commit, and is now out ten years later working as a private investigator, running...
  • Steve
    Feb 24, 2018
    I enjoyed this p.i. novel by Walter Mosley. This is the first novel of his that I have read, and I will definitely read his backlist. Det. Oliver was once an illustrious n.y.p.d.officer. Then he was framed and dismissed from the department. Joe Oliver is now a private investigator, wor...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Feb 24, 2018
    Never read a Mosley before. A black Philip Marlowe in present day Manhattan: hard-boiled, but soft inside. After a slow start, the book turns so fast paced that, until you?re 80 percent through, you can?t imagine how the two storylines could intersect. The last part of this book is...
  • Yvonne
    Mar 01, 2018
    Joe King Oliver (AKA King) has spent time in Rikers Island Prison, after three months he is released. He didn?t commit the crime he was accused of, it was a set up. Ten years later he is running a P.I business and when the chance to look into his own case along he cannot resist, he w...
  • Paromjit
    Feb 09, 2018
    I am always going to read the latest Walter Mosley book as I have read every single thing he has written. His books have a special place in my heart and even though there is much that feels familiar in this one, I still loved it. It might not quite be there with the Easy Rawlins series...
  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    Jan 25, 2018
    ?My maternal grandmother always tells me that every man gets what he deserves? 13 years ago Joe King Oliver was a cop. Not just any cop, one of the NYPD?s finest officers. When he is framed for a sexual assault and thrown in Rikers. Jail isn?t easy for any man, but it?s c...
  • Sid Nuncius
    Feb 14, 2018
    I really enjoyed Down The River Unto the Sea. I read and liked the early Easy Rawlins novels, but ran into diminishing returns with them and haven't read any Walter Mosely since. I was very pleased to find that he seems to have begun a new, very good series. Joe King Oliver is a dis...
  • James Adams
    Jan 26, 2018
    Walter Mosley has long been one of my favorite authors, especially in regards to his mystery novels. The first several Easy Rawlins novels, as well as the Socrates Fortlow and the Fearless Jones series', are among my most beloved books. Unfortunately, his more recent works, while solid...
  • James Adams
    Jan 26, 2018
    Walter Mosley has long been one of my favorite authors, especially in regards to his mystery novels. The first several Easy Rawlins novels, as well as the Socrates Fortlow and the Fearless Jones series', are among my most beloved books. Unfortunately, his more recent works, while solid...
  • LInda L
    Mar 10, 2018
    Despite the fact that I read ALL THE TIME, and most of the books are mysteries, I was totally unfamiliar with Walter Mosley. And I'm sorry, because this book was great -- there were a lot of characters, but most were kind of incidental. Joe Oliver had been terribly wronged, sent to pri...
  • Adrain Dudley
    Dec 05, 2017
    This is one of the best books I have ever read. I read an Advanced Reading Copy as it will be release in February. Some of Mr. Mosley's best work. ...
  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    Mar 10, 2018
    This is an interesting but ultimately disturbing noir from the Easy Rawlins author. It's quite a complex story and I'm still not sure I've understood the ending. There are two strands of story; one where King is trying to find out enough information to get a an off death row and the ot...