If FDR had been a mystery maven, he might have said that the only thing a bad guy has to fear is Fearless himself. And Fearless Jones makes an encore appearance in Walter Mosley's Fear of the Dark, wonderfully performed here by Michael Boatman. Paris Minton, Fearless' fearful buddy, still smart, well read and scared of his shadow, is back, too, narrating this tale of blackmail, murder, revenge and what it was like to be a black man in 1950s America. Mosley, as always, conjures up the atmosphere of the racial tension that was taken for granted in the Watts section of L.A., while spinning out another well-plotted crime caper.

 

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