“Picking up where his last adventures in Rose Gold left off in L.A. in the late 1960s, Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Rawlins finds his life in transition. He’s ready–finally–to propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. And he’s taken the money he got from the Rose Gold case and, together with two partners, Saul Lynx and Tinsford ‘Whisper’ Natly, has started a new detective agency. But, inevitably, a case gets in the way: Easy’s friend Mouse introduces him to Rufus Tyler, a very old man everyone calls Charcoal Joe. Joe’s friend’s son, Seymour (young, bright, top of his class in physics at Stanford), has been arrested and charged with the murder of a white man from Redondo Beach”–Dust jacket flap.