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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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