Leonid McGill

Leonid McGill

Created by Walter Mosley (1952--)

Arguably the Job of detective fiction, LEONID McGILL is Walter Mosley's newest creation, a contemporary African-American private eye and family man (with three grown -- and at times troublesome -- children), partial to Lucky Strikes and beer, trying to make a go of it on the decidedly mean and frequently bewildering streets of Manhattan.

Defiantly old school, the troubled ex-boxer and family man McGill first appeared in the 2005 short story “Karma” and his first novel-length outing, The Long Fall, finally saw daylight in 2009. Since then he's appeared in several novels, and each adventure seems to just pile on the complications (personal, professional, social) for one of the most trouble-plagued eyes in the shamus game.

He joins the ranks of Mosley's other acclaimed series characters, such as Easy Rawlins, Socrates Fortlow and the tag-team of Paris Minton and Fearless Jones.

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired crime writers in America today. A New York Times-bestselling author, his work has been translated into more than twenty-one languages, and he's won numerous awatrds in the mystery field, as well as the O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award.


  • "Karma" (2005, Dangerous Women)


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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