Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned - Walter Mosley

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

By Walter Mosley

  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Genre: Black Literature
Score: 4.5
From 39 Ratings


"Mournful, insightful, and mystical...Mosley's best work of fiction." —Elle

New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley introduces us to Socrates Fortlow, an "astonishing character" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) in this acclaimed collection of linked stories.

"I either committed a crime or had a crime done to me every day I was in jail. Once you go to prison you belong there."

Socrates Fortlow has done his time: twenty-seven years for murder and rape, acts forged by his own two rock-breaking hands. Now, he has come home to a new kind of prison: two battered rooms in an abandoned building in Watts. Working a dead-end job at the supermarket and moving perilously close to invisibility, Socrates seeks inner truth and redemption amid the violence and hopelessness of South Central Los Angeles. In fourteen intertwining tales, Socrates grapples with situations that are never easy as he attempts to hold on to a job and offer a lifeline to a young man on his same bloodstained path. In Socrates's battle-scarred wisdom, there is hope of turning the world around in this "powerful, hard-hitting, unrelenting, poignant short fiction" (Booklist).


  • Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

    By Jadi16
    A glorious book. Sweet and terrible. There is majesty and honor, dignity and joy in the hardest of places. Unbelievably inspiring. It's kinda like your heart folds in on itself, and then opens wider than you could ever imagine.
  • Smooth

    By Sheon
    Sinking into the world of Socrates doesn't take long. The ride is as unpredictable as it is fun. Walter Mosley has a flare for the complexities of life that makes this story POP.
  • Amazing insight

    By LA import
    I am grateful to Mr. Mosley, not only for having written a marvelous book -entertaining, well crafted, sensitive- about an endearing character, Socrates Fortlow, but also for having allowed any of us who haven't been subjected to it to understand -to begin to understand- the cumulated effect of discrimination and biggotry. Socrates Fortlow not only tries to live, but tries to figure out why and how to live. For a man who has committed murder and has spent a good many years in jail, it is hard work and he is never sure that he entirely gets it, but it doesn't deter him from trying. LA is a character too, from Watts to Santa Monica, with its dangerous alleys and its breaking waves, racially diverse and yet balkanized. As a bonus, the writing is superb: at times it grates and at times it soars. Mr. Mosley is a great writer.