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For immediate release — March 11, 2011

(DALLAS) — Leonid McGill, private investigator, got the job done in Walter Mosley’s first two New York Times bestsellers. Now times are tough, he’s looking for work and his personal life is complicated in the third McGill series installment titled “When the Thrill Is Gone.”

Mosley, described by President Bill Clinton as one of his favorite writers, will be on hand to talk about his work and sign his latest novel on Tuesday, March 15, at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, Suite 300, in Dallas at 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from copies of “When the Thrill Is Gone” sold through March 16 will benefit the Dallas County Community College District Foundation’s George Dawson Scholarship Fund. Book buyers should mention Bookfair ID code 10433746 to help benefit this fund. A voucher (PDF - 81KB) also is available to print and take to the store.

Mosley has written detective fiction, sci-fi and other works described as an edgy blend of literary and pulp fiction. A native of Los Angeles, he traveled east to college and first worked a number of jobs — computer programmer, caterer and potter — before discovering his talents as a writer. African-American PI Easy Rawlins was the character that Clinton discovered. The Rawlins works include thorough historic detail (1940s to the mid-1960s), excellent dialogue and detailed character development. “Devil in a Blue Dress” and “Black Betty” were the first two published novels in the Rawlins series (“Gone Fishin’ ” didn’t find a publisher).

The first two books in the McGill series are “The Long Fall” and “Known to Evil.”

DCCCD is a community partner with Barnes and Noble Booksellers, which is sponsoring the book signing and offering an opportunity for readers to enjoy Mosley’s book and donate to the George Dawson Scholarship Fund.

For more information, contact Allison Neal in the DCCCD outreach office at (214) 378-1722.

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Press contact: Ann Hatch