Walkin’ The Dog
Socrates Fortlow is one of the great creations in American fiction. A man still living out his sentence even though he’s been out of prison nine years, he struggles to be a good man, a decent man, a man who makes a difference. He takes care of his two-legged dog, his adopted son Darryl, and tries to defend his neighborhood from the depredations of a bad cop but Mosley, a writer whose prose is poetic, does not romanticize him. There is life in this collection of scenes set in LA’s South Central.