Walter Mosley is one of America’s best-known writers. His mystery novels, including the now-classic Easy Rawlins series, are routinely on the New York Times Bestseller List. He has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book, a Grammy, the Sundance Risktaker Award, and the PEN American Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His latest novel is Little Green.

Land of the Free

When he was a teenager, Walter Mosley learned that African-American men like himself faced different laws than his peers.

The acclaimed crime novelist recommends five of his favorite books—from unpublished Mark Twain essays to a classic of 20th-century literature.

In this exclusive excerpt from his new mystery The Long Fall, Walter Mosley introduces a complicated new detective from New York, Leonid McGill. Plus: Mosley shares his five favorite books.