Ruth D. reviewed Walkin' the Dog (Socrates Fortlow, Bk 2) on
Fans of Walter Mosley will find this book a bit of a departure from The Easy Rawlins/Fearless Jones novels we have all come to love. The main character, Socrates Fortlow, is a deep and complex man determined to move beyond a past of crime and anger. You will be rooting for him all the way!
The cliche is "walk in another man's shoes." Unfortunately that is not possible. I was bussed/desegregated in 1976. I have lived since amongst black people and worked with them but culturally I am very white. Despite a lifetime of trying to understand I could only sympathize not empathize.
I think Walter Mosely's Socrates Fortlaw has made a world available to us in a way that was not possible without his observation and interpretation. What I read was moving and it was also disheartening. We have a long way to go before we can get post racial and even if racism (white on black) no longer existed it seems there would be a cooling off period that might take generations.
Socrates Fortlow: nine years out of prison, he's still living on the streets of Los Angeles, struggling to find the right path-a true challenge, since the police make Socrates their first suspect in every local crime-and confronting, ultimately, the most dangerous emotion of all: hope.