As usual, Mosley paints Los Angeles in all its racially charged tension in the 1950s. Paris’ ne’er-do-well cousin, Ulysses S. Grant IV, who most refer to as Useless, sets the story in motion. Seems Useless gets himself in too deep with a series of blackmail schemes that involve some rich and not-so-rich black and white folks by stealing tens of thousands of dollars. Numerous pursuers want their money back and will kill to get it.
What a cast of characters! Mad Anthony, Tiny Bobchek, Hector LaTiara, Albert Rive, Milo Sweet, Jerry Twist, and Van ‘Killer’ Cleave. Mosley didn't shortchange the ladies either with Auntie Three Hearts, Jessa Brown, Nadine Grant, Mona, Loretta Kuroko, Angel Allmont, and Mum. From sugar and spice and everything nice to pistol packing and motive tracking. Minton and Jones have their work cut out for themselves in this character labyrinth.
Entertaining and never boring, Fear of the Dark isn’t a deep mystery tale, but take the journey with Paris Minton and Fearless Jones. Rated R for violence and language.