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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Will Beall Narrator: Dan Oreskes Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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As far as everyone in the squad room knows, Ben Halloran is completely fresh to the streets of the 77th Division - just a soft kid from the West Side who's decided to become a cop and happened to draw the hardest neighborhood in L.A.

But demons from Ben's complicated past catch up with him and his tough, oddly principled Daryl Gates-era partner, Miguel Marquez, all too quickly. From the moment Ben and Marquez hit the streets together, they're pulled into a web of ultra-violent corruption and retribution. They meet hardcore Crip gangbangers and tagalong gangsta-rap gloryhounds, L.A.'s Mexican Mafia, sleazy celebrity defense attorneys, and dirty cops with distinctly self-serving definitions of law enforcement. Ben is forced to choose among father figures and apparent destinies while trying to obey his own moral principles - as well as his desperate animal instinct to stay alive.

Author Will Beall is a Los Angeles police officer who has spent almost his entire career on the streets of South Central, much of it in antigang units. The book bristles with the energy and authenticity of his experience. But the true revelation of L.A. Rex is that Will Beall can write. His brilliant, fearless prose simultaneously evokes Richard Price and James Ellroy. The result is an explosive thriller that takes us deep into a city that's further from Hollywood than we can imagine, a city that no other writer has managed to capture with this kind of hard-earned insight and intensity. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 2/19/2014

    " A violent and gory story written by an actual cop, full of police and gang jargon and brutal scenes for anyone who enjoys such a spectacular romp. Of course, it is contrived and over-the-top, but you just keep on reading anyway. Many allusions to the rapper wars, etc. Sure to be made into a movie, although it will have to be toned down. For those who like hard-edged, hard-boiled, action fiction. Definitely not bad for a first novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 2/13/2014

    " It was ok, it felt a bit forced with random spanish words thrown in and finding out who Ben really is just seemed corny. It left all traces of reality behind when the characters converge on Darius' house for the final showdown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick O'Neil | 1/25/2014

    " A real cop from LA's South Central beat writes a novel about a cop from LA's South Central beat. Art imitates life? Well, sort of. Will Beall writes a pretty impressive debut novel. He's got gangs, he's got cops, he's got corrupt lawyers, he's got crime and crazy shit going on all over the place. Although there's a few instances where I thought "nah, this couldn't really happen." I found myself engrossed and read it straight through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mk100 | 1/20/2014

    " One of the filthiest novels I've read in years. If this is life on the streets, then it's hard to see why anyone would ever become a cop. First novel I've ever read in which a detective is the victim of a homosexual rape - and that's just for starters. Most of the characters are wholly unredeemed, miserable people. I presume the writer thought of every nasty experience he ever had and every nasty experience he could conjure. But really, it seems like showing off just how much ugliness one can think up. If he were a great writer, okay. But he's not. He's average. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/19/2014

    " Very vivid and interesting. It lets you look into a whole other world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Elena | 1/11/2014

    " This is my newest audio book that I am listening to in my car. At first I thought that it was so gory I would never make it through. Now I am on the sixth disc and I am completly absorbed by the story. The pieces are falling into place and the violence is just something that is happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 12/10/2013

    " It was pretty good. Gory. Exciting. And boy, it really did feel like So. Cal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Odeen | 12/10/2013

    " Reality meets cop novel. Tough to follow sometimes. Makes me not want to visit South Central anytime soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyson | 11/26/2013

    " A beautifully dark L.A. cops and crime novel. My only criticism is that I wish it were a tell-all NF/BIO. But, obviously, that might get some more people killed. A++! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor John | 11/23/2013

    " Over the top action movie crammed into a book by a cop. Hilarity ensues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clifdisc | 11/1/2013

    " This is a mean book with a real sense of place. The book is perhaps overly long. As the story reaches its climax veracity is sacrificed in the name of drama to the novel's detriment but, over-all, a really solid piece of crime writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 11/1/2013

    " If you liked LA Confidential or any James Ellroy, this one will blow your mind. It makes me afraid to leave the house at night. Written by a homicide cop working in Los Angeles, it makes places I've been or driven through come alive with characters that make life hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 12/15/2012

    " I like 'em mean & nasty, and this is one of the meanest & nastiest. Now please, Mr. Beall, will ya scribble down another book!? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Mexico | 11/1/2012

    " fictionalize truth about the rampart scandal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luigib | 9/18/2012

    " Well written by police officer. Semi-historical. Touches on some of the issue affecting LAPD and relationship with rappers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/24/2012

    " Best book I've ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 4/8/2012

    " I dont read crime dramas much but this one was pretty cool as it takes place in LA's south central and was written by a cop who works out of that station. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 12/5/2011

    " This book is fucking cool. It's a fantasy piece, and if you are reading it for realism you will be heavily disappointed. But, if you are looking for a good time, page turning... thrill-ride(?) this book is a-very nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/30/2011

    " This was a pretty graphic book. Definitely a crime/gangster drama. I think you have to be into the genre to really appreciate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 4/19/2011

    " Gnarly, gritty, gruesome. Good read although some of the 90's urban slang being used comes off as a little goofy from time to time even if it is accurate to the period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan Konar | 3/23/2011

    " What Training Day will be when it grows up. Gritty, brutal and graphic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 3/6/2011

    " fictionalize truth about the rampart scandal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 2/18/2011

    " It was pretty good. Gory. Exciting. And boy, it really did feel like So. Cal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 2/14/2011

    " I dont read crime dramas much but this one was pretty cool as it takes place in LA's south central and was written by a cop who works out of that station.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luigib | 12/25/2010

    " Well written by police officer. Semi-historical. Touches on some of the issue affecting LAPD and relationship with rappers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/5/2010

    " This was a pretty graphic book. Definitely a crime/gangster drama. I think you have to be into the genre to really appreciate it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 6/20/2008

    " If you liked LA Confidential or any James Ellroy, this one will blow your mind. It makes me afraid to leave the house at night. Written by a homicide cop working in Los Angeles, it makes places I've been or driven through come alive with characters that make life hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 5/24/2008

    " This book is fucking cool. It's a fantasy piece, and if you are reading it for realism you will be heavily disappointed. But, if you are looking for a good time, page turning... thrill-ride(?) this book is a-very nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan | 1/16/2008

    " What Training Day will be when it grows up. Gritty, brutal and graphic! "

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About the Author

Will Beall is an officer in the LAPD’s 77th Division, which covers South Central Los Angeles. He is currently working on the screenplay of L.A. Rex for Scott Rudin Productions and his next novel, The Lion Hunters.

About the Narrator

Daniel Oreskes describes himself as “a theater guy” with Broadway and off-Broadway credits and numerous Shakespeare performances. A native New Yorker, Dan trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His classical training taught him to love the structure of line and the repetition of sound, and led him to an active career in audiobooks. His first audiobook, The House of Scorta, received an Earphones Award, and he has since gone on to record several other titles.