*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
Late last year, Walter Mosley
joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality.