In 1956 in Los Angeles, the gruesome murders of three black "party girls" are not a police priority. The lone black detective assigned to the case asks for Easy's help, but Rawlins is reluctant. He has a wife and baby daughter he's crazy in love with, he's making plenty of money working real estate deals with his old friend Mofass, and prowling the mean streets looking for a kinky serial killer does not appeal. Then a white UCLA coed is found murdered in the same fashion, a girl from an upper-crust family who's been leading a double life as a stripper. The police make it clear Easy doesn't have a choice about getting involved, and soon he's "thinking about how my life had gone out of control." The moving story explores on many levels how families, with the best of intentions, can destroy one another.
Original title: White Butterfly
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Noir