Softcover binding has light shelfwear to edges of covers. Pages tight and clean but some yellowing due to age. 344 pages. MMP Binding. Year: 1994. ISBN: 0671884271. 1961: Los Angeles' mean streets were never meaner, or more deadly, for most black Americans, these were times of hope. For former PI Easy Rawlins the present looked bleak, the future worse. Ordinarily, he'd have thrown the two bills in the sleazy shamus' face, the white man who wanted him to fine the notorious Black Betty, an ebony siren whose talent for all things rich and male took her from Houston's Fifth Ward to the affluence of Beverly HIlls. There was too much Easy wasn't being told, but he couldn't resist the idea of seeing Betty again, even if it killed him.