Killing Johnny Fry

March 5, 2010

I was at my local library searching for a good mystery/detective novel to spend some time with. Usually I go straight for P.D. James or Dashiell Hammett and take a quick look for Walter Mosely, (he’s surprisingly harder to find in the libraries around here), as I did this time.

What I like about Mr. Mosley’s novels is that he’s able to create an environment where I, a young, Caucasian modern day Canadian women, can relate to Easy Rawlins, an older African-American man living in 1950’s LA. That takes some great characterization and clever writing (Unlike Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta character whom I not only don’t relate to but is too “perfect” to be believable).

I digress.

I found a pile of Walter Mosley novels at this particular small library branch  and one novel in particular was smaller than the rest of them, Killing Johnny Fry.

This was serendipitous.

Killing Johnny Fry is not a mystery novel so much as a exploration of what happens when we expand our sexual boundaries.
It was hot, it was sexy, it was raw and it felt real.

One reviewer wrote:
“… Killing Johnny Fry is the story of how he eventually does. It starts when he spies his longtime girlfriend, Joelle, having rough sex with Johnny on the living room floor. She doesn’t know Cordell is watching, and he doesn’t let on, but he feels emasculated. The trauma of betrayal transforms this middle-aged New Yorker into a depraved (though kindhearted) beast with a relentless erection.”
Tracy Quan

I became so submerged in this novel that I would resurface only for air and to masturbate, at the end of it all I was inspired to lock hubby up and re-read the last chapter with his face between my thighs *grin*

I recommend this erotic, highly charged novel, to be read at night with no clothes on 😉



  1. We love Mosely’s work. As you say he is able to catch the flavor of LA from the black view. We lived on and off in California in the mid-’50s. early ’60s it was a different world and looking at it as a black person had to, it was even more different.

    There is a strong element of eroticism in some of his other works but the Fry book had some very hot moments. You might take a look at some of his other work including his political edged stuff.

    It is funny that something that you hate or know you are supposed to not like…like being cuckolded or your wife fucking other men…can hurt as well as excite the hell out of you.

  2. When I first got this book, I knew it was going to be erotic – or “pornographic”, as one reviewer called it; however, I had no idea that it was going to touch on a subject near and dear to my heart. That, of course, being cuckolding.

    My identification with the main character in the novel was absolute, since I’m an African American man, in the same age group, and just happen to live in New York City too. Oh, I forgot to add that I’ve also been cuckolded.

    Just like Mosley’s character, I went through a transformation. The first incidence of cuckolding happened in my first marriage; and it happened behind my back. When I found out about it, I wasn’t happy at all. But, today, in a new relationship, I’m on the willing side of cuckoldry. I like it here much better.

    • I’ll raise a glass to that!


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