Maryland Blogger: Book Recommendation: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

Book Recommendation: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

Book Recommendation: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley


Down the River Unto the Sea (2018) is a crime novel featuring private detective and former NYPD police officer Joe King Oliver by The New York Times bestselling American author Walter Mosley. This is another fast reading book for your summertime reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.


Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley (b. 1952) is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins, as well as numerous other works, from literary fiction and science fiction to a young adult novel and political monographs. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications. Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.


Books by Walter Mosley


Goodreads Review of Down the River Unto the Sea

From trailblazing novelist Walter Mosley: a former NYPD cop once imprisoned for a crime he did not commit must solve two cases: that of a man wrongly condemned to die, and his own. 

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.

A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of--and why.

Running in parallel with King's own quest for justice is the case of a Black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Joined by Melquarth Frost, a brilliant sociopath, our hero must beat dirty cops and dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King's client's, and King's own.



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Comment balloon 8 commentsRoy Kelley • July 11 2019 02:35PM


That's a great title for a crime novel, Roy.  I'm betting it's a good read too.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Good morning Roy. The reading machine continues to crank them out. Enjoy your day 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 4 months ago

Good morning, Roy... not an author I'm familiar with. This sounds like a good story to get lost in on a rainy day or a long plane flight.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 4 months ago


I have read Walter Moseley's books long time ago, and just did not like his style of writing.  It just does not resonate with me.  I will however since you recommended it, take a look at it on Amazon as they give a peak into the first few pages...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Roy, thanks for another book recommendation - bought 4 books over the weekend.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 4 months ago

Sounds like an intriguing selection Roy. I might have to give this one a try.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 4 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley - This book sounds very interesting and fast page turners are always good when you don't have a lot of time on your hands. I would read this book and even if I didn't care to, I would consider buying it for someone who I know would appreciate it.

Thank you.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

Thanks so much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago