The Man in My Basement - Walter Mosley



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The Man in My Basement - A Novel
Walter Mosley
Paperback / softback
Back Bay Books
UK Publication Date

Hailed as a masterpiece-the finest work yet by an American
novelist of the first rank-this is the mysterious story of a young
black man who agrees to an unusual bargain to save the home that has
belonged to his family for

The man at Charles
Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. The
stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to spend the summer in Charles's
basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful
house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has
just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money
would be welcome. But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is
white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement
There is something deeper and darker about his
request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial
necessity leaves him no choice. Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his
basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has
some very particular requests for his landlord, and try as he might,
Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. At first
he resists, but soon he is tempted--tempted to understand a set of codes
that has always eluded him, tempted by the opportunity to understand the
secret ways of white folks.
Charles's summer with a
man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of
power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Walter
Mosley pierces long-hidden veins of justice and morality with startling
insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature.

"Will hold readers rapt; it is Mosley's most philosophical novel to date."-Publishers Weekly

"A provocative, page-turning story that constitutes nothing less than a masterpiece."-Bookmarks Magazine

"This is fine, provocative writing from the prolific Mosley, whose gifts extend well beyond his excellent mysteries."-Booklist

Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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